Utah’s two major parties are poised to try something that could set an example for the rest of the country. One of them chose to do it, the other would rather focus on other things. Utah Democrats wanted Utah Legislators to pay $3 million to hold a statewide presidential primary during the 2016 election. Utah’s June primary for other races is too late for ballots to count in a party nomination.
State legislators considered a bill, sponsored by Rep. Jon Cox of Sanpete County, to fund a primary, but they decided against it after learning the Utah Republican Party would not participate.
“We want to be able to demonstrate we can have a much higher turnout than the tired old way of conducting a primary,” said Utah GOP Chair James Evans.
Instead of a traditional primary, the GOP plans to include presidential voting in their neighborhood caucuses, and then allow Republicans who don’t attend the caucus to cast their ballots online.