Utah Legislature Should Abolish Closed Primaries

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) A voter drops their ballot into the ballot box at Murray City Hall, Tuesday, August 10, 2021.

I call on the Legislative Assembly to abolish closed primary elections – now.

According to the state of Utah, 51% of voters are not registered Republicans. They cannot vote in the Republican primary. Although their taxes pay for the Republican primary, more than half of Utah voters are excluded from this public election.

Only the Republican Party is holding a closed primary in Utah. Independents and others — the majority of Utah voters — cannot participate.

I maintain that this law is not American.

Although 14 states limit primary elections to party registrants, Republicans closed their primaries in just three states, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Utah. In 36 states, voters can vote for whoever they want.

As everyone knows, the “real” election for the Senate and House is the June 28 Republican primary. But less than half of Utah voters will be allowed to vote. It’s time for Utahans to join the vast majority of Americans who can vote freely in state elections regardless of party affiliation.

Breck England, Abundant

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