Opposition Launches Against Utah Initiative Petition

Published on November 08, 2013 at 11:55AM

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A group fighting an effort to change the way Utah nominates candidates for political office says moving to a direct primary system will make it harder for people without name recognition or money to run for office. Protect our Neighborhood Elections held a news conference Thursday to discuss their campaign to defend the current caucus and convention system. The group is a response to an initiative petition-backed by former Republican Gov. Mike Leavitt, to instead adopt direct primary elections. Count My Vote, the group that is running the initiative petition, say a primary election will allow more people to participate in the process. Protect Our Neighborhood Elections plans to campaign against the initiatives as its backers work to gather more than 100,000 signatures by mid-April to qualify for the 2014 ballot.