The way Utah selects candidates for state and federal office is perhaps the most undemocratic nominating process in the United States. That's why a public-spirited group is launching what promises to be a long and difficult attempt to change the system.
The powers that be have made the initiative process even more difficult than it used to be, requiring more signatures in a narrower time frame. But it is an effort that everyone who cares about good government in Utah should get behind.
As it stands, ballot slots belonging to the Republican and Democratic parties in November elections are filled by a caucus-and-convention system that gives virtually all power to a handful of party activists. The amount of time and energy necessary to truly participate in the process will only be found in a very small portion of the populace, predictably those with extreme ideological agendas, either right or left.