Governor wants Utah GOP’s ‘Count My Vote’ lawsuit tossed

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SALT LAKE CITY — Governor Gary Herbert is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Utah Republican Party over the so-called “Count My Vote” bill.

In a formal answer to the GOP’s lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court, the governor and the attorney general’s office urged a federal judge to dismiss the GOP’s lawsuit over SB54.

The GOP is suing over a compromise bill that lets political candidates skip the caucus/convention system if they gather enough signatures to get on the ballot. A hearing has been scheduled for next week.

Read the governor’s response to the lawsuit here:

2 comments

  • bob

    The GOP is right. If you want to run as a Republican (or Democrat, or whatever) you have to go through that party’s procedure. If you want to run as an independent you can already get on the ballot based on signatures.

    Why would the Governor oppose the lawsuit? If you don’t want to be a Republican don’t be a Republican. Nobody is forcing you to be one. But if you want to call yourself one, and take advantage of their clout in an election, you have to play by their rules.

    I can’t just show up at a private country club and say, “Let me play because my friends say you should.” I have to JOIN.

  • Mark D. Butler

    “The GOP is suing over a compromise bill that lets political candidates skip the caucus/convention system if they gather enough signatures to get on the ballot.”

    That isn’t true. Any eligible Utahn can skip the caucus/convention system and has _always_ been able to. Just go down to the County Clerk’s office and pay the appropriate filing fee. No one has ever been required to run in a primary or compete in a convention. Those are just formalities for gaining the nomination of a specific political party. They are not legal requirements and never have been.

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