Though The Salt Lake Tribune asserts that "the [caucus] system has a chance to save itself" ("SRO caucuses: Large turnout good for democracy," Our View, March 18), I'm convinced our caucus-convention system has fatal flaws that even record-high turnouts can't save.
The caucus system forces "we the people" to give away our right to vote, with the party as gatekeeper and special interests of all flavors salivating to hijack the whole business. Let's refute the arguments favoring the system:
1. We're a republic, not a democracy; delegates put in more time, get to know the candidates, and make more informed decisions. Aren't we a constitutional, democratic republic? Per the Constitution, we elect representatives to serve us in government, but all of us are entitled to vote on who those representatives should be. Just because some of us don't want to be bothered with getting informed doesn't mean we should take voting rights away from others. It's actually less hassle, and more open, to get informed on our own time and vote using an efficient, flexible voting process, than it is to be locked into a system that requires we show up at a specific time and place for hours, with no information in advance about who is running for convention delegate. Even well-intentioned delegates can't replicate our votes. And most delegates' minds are made up before the caucuses tools of candidates or special interests.