Hillyard concerned with how Count My Vote initiative could change election process

Utah Republican Party Chairman Rob Anderson announced Wednesday that he is ending the party’s divisive  lawsuit challenging the state’s new election law SB54.

State Senator Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, says he has not been in those meetings and doesn’t know just how the issue was resolved. But he says he believes Count My Vote is bypassing the convention totally.

“One percent of the registered voters is way too few,” Hillyard explains. “You’re going to have a lot of people who can easily do that, then you have no screening method other than voting in the primary.

“That means you’ll be subjected to all these campaign ads and not have a real chance to meet the candidates like they have to do at the convention.”

Hillyard says there is another aspect of Count My Vote that is concerning.

“Then the other thing I’m concerned about, say 10 people file there would be a run off election only if no one got more than 35%.”

Hillyard says right now five different initiatives have been introduced and he has not thrown his support behind any of them.

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