Groups reach deal on Utah caucus system

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A group pushing to overhaul Utah’s system for nominating political candidates has worked out a deal with state lawmakers that both sides say enables more participation.

In a deal announced Sunday afternoon, both sides have agreed on new legislation to preserve Utah’s caucus-convention system but allow primary elections as an alternative path to the ballot if a candidate gathers enough signatures.

Lawmakers and the Count My Vote group were squaring off over the caucus system, which Count My Vote argues is difficult to participate in and results in extreme candidates.

Count My Vote has been working on a ballot initiative to let voters decide whether to move to primary elections.

Supporters of the caucus system, including many lawmakers, argue it requires politicians to win over delegates in person rather than relying on fundraising and campaign advertisements.

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