SALT LAKE CITY -- A group of prominent Republicans led by former Gov. Mike Leavitt has taken a key step on their campaign to revolutionize the way Utah elects candidates for political office.
The Count My Vote group filed an application for an initiative petition Wednesday which would do away with the current caucus and convention nominating system.
The petition would instead have candidates compete in a direct primary election.
Leavitt says the current system is antiquated and keeps many people out of the process because they're unable to attend meetings to help choose their political party's nominees.
The group must gather almost 102,000 signatures from voters across the state by April 15 to qualify for the November 2014 ballot.
The state Republican and Democratic Parties have resisted changing the system.