Gov. Herbert approves changes to caucus system

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gov. Gary Herbert has signed off on a deal between Utah legislators and a group pushing to overhaul the state’s system for nominating political candidates.

Herbert’s announced his approval Monday afternoon for a measure that preserves Utah’s caucus-convention system but allows primary elections as an alternative path to the ballot if a candidate gathers enough signatures.

The Senate voted 21-7 to approve the measure. The House approved it 49-20.

Some Republicans voted against the measure in both chambers, citing opposition to legislation that tells political parties how to operate.

A group called Count My Vote said it would continue gathering signatures for a ballot initiative to let voters dump the caucus system entirely unless Herbert signed the legislation.

The organization wasn’t immediately available for comment.

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