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Utah's Way of Picking Candidates Robs Voters

June 21, 2010, The Salt Lake Tribune
In 1965, Robert H. Hinckley started the Hinckley Institute of Politics with one directive, “Participate.” Today’s primary election will finally give Utahns that opportunity and complete Utah’s distinctive party nomination process. The caucus-and-convention portion demonstrates the best and worst of our state.

On one hand, our convention delegates are among the nation’s most engaged citizens. Many spend countless hours analyzing candidate positions and attending issue forums before casting their votes. On the other hand, our delegates constitute less than two-tenths of 1 percent of Utah’s population and our system is a 1900s anachronism that has not evolved since the days of party bosses.
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