Utah Group Launches Initiative to Provide a Way for Party Members to Petition Onto the Primary Ballot

Utah is the only state in which it is impossible for a candidate to get on a partisan primary ballot unless he or she has substantial support at a party convention (except that in Virginia, sometimes there are no primaries, when the major parties choose not to have a primary). A group in Utah has announced plans to place a statwide initiative on the ballot. The initiative would provide a means for candidates to petition for a place on a party primary ballot, so that they could seek their party’s nomination regardless of whether they have support at the convention. Here is the group’s web page. Here is a story about the effort. Thanks to Rob Latham for the links.

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