While Count My Vote gains signatures, others speak out against it

The Count My Vote initiative, which is pushing Utah to adopt a primary election system for nominating political candidates, says they are close to gathering the required number of signatures to put the issue to voters.

The organization announced this week that they have collected more than 100,000 signatures for their ballot initiative. So how do local Republicans feel about the issue?

Cache County Republican vice chair Gina Worthen says the Count My Vote supporters claim their system is more inclusive but it is actually more exclusive. She says another issue is accountability.

“With the caucus system, the people who are running or office or who are running for reelection have to meet face-to-face with delegates,” Worthen says. “It’s different than just getting a soundbite you might get from radio or TV ads in a direct primary.

“You can ask questions, the delegates ask them questions, they study them, they work really hard to chose the best candidate. We’ll lose that. Who will our elected officials be accountable to? They’ll be beholden to the big money that we foresee that will come in.”

Worthen says in November a local resolution was passed showing overwhelming opposition to Count My Vote.

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