LOGAN – It is unusual for a political party to file a lawsuit against its own state, but that is exactly what has happened here in Utah. The Republican Party filed a lawsuit against the state over Senate Bill 54 – also known as the “Count My Vote” bill. It will be heard in court April 10.
Utah Republican Party Chairman James Evans said the lawsuit is not about the merits of “Count My Vote,” but rather about its constitutional question.
“In a free market, if we make bad choices we will no longer be the predominant party,” Evans said on KVNU’s For The People program. “So we have a right to fail as well as succeed. And so for the state to reach in and say, ‘Well we think voter turnout is low so we’re going to make this change’ or if they said ‘We’re going to make this compromise with “Count My Vote,”’ meaning that they’re going to substitute their judgement for the private political parties. Either one of those rationales is just not constitutional.”
Evans said the answer to increasing voter turnout is a competitive two-party system, which he admits is not the system in Utah. He said the Republican Party is working on introducing online voting for the presidential election which he believes would greatly increase participation.