The Utah Republican Party plans to file a court case against Senate Bill 54, the so-called “Count My Vote” compromise law. The bill says that any candidate with the required number of signatures automatically goes to his/her party’s primary ballot and does not require the convention route.
State Representative Jack Draxler, R-District 3, says he feels the bill should be given a chance to work.
“It’s certainly the right of the Republican Party to sue if they want to, saying that the state should not interfere in the operations of a private organization,” Draxler says. “Personally, I think we should give the bill a chance to work and succeed and see how a couple elections go with this new bifurcated approach where you can get on the ballot through the convention system and the caucus system or through the petition system.”
Draxler says, however, an issue that has to be addressed is how it would be handled if in a Primary no candidate received a majority of the vote. He says a runoff would be one way or there may be other solutions.