Jenkins resolution opposes Count My Vote initiative

Saturday , February 22, 2014 - 4:25 PM

Antone Clark, Standard-Examiner Correspondent

SALT LAKE CITY — Sen. Scott Jenkins, R-Plain City, is weighing in on a controversial voter initiative with legislation he claims will allow political parties to choose their own processes and candidates.

Jenkins’ proposal, SJR 15, is counter to Count My Vote, which is pushing a referendum to overthrow the caucus system in Utah and replace it with open primaries.

“What they’re doing is taking our rights away as parties to choose our candidates and put in on the ballot. The state constitution says we have a right to choose the process by which we put a candidate on the ballot,” Jenkins said of his resolution.

The resolution is being rolled out at the same time as SR 54, sponsored by Sen. Curtis Bramble, which attempts to find middle ground between Count My Vote and the current party caucus system in giving unaffiliated voters a greater hand in the process. SR 54 passed the Senate Friday and is moving to the House for further discussion.

Jenkins said there are some concerns his legislation conflicts with Bramble’s bill, but he said he does not see the conflict. The resolution has not been assigned to a committee for review, as of yet. The resolution would require a two-thirds vote from both bodies of the Legislature in order to appear on the ballot before voters this fall.

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