Utah's Caucus Convention System is in our opinion, the best system for electing representatives in the country. Here's why:
In an ideal society, each and every one of us would be perfectly informed on who are candidates are, what their positions on the issues are, how they have voted in the past, and each and every bill that was voted on. Unfortunately, this is not the case, so the Caucus Convention system was born. It allows the general public to have minimal involvement in the vetting of candidates so that they can focus on other things in their lives. This minimal involvement is represented by the precinct caucus, which happens only once every other year for about two hours. At this meeting the general public selects individuals in their neighborhood to represent them at a convention. You are able to select individuals you can trust to be well informed and make good decisions on which candidates should represent your party at the general election. This allows candidates who run to focus on those representatives (delegates) rather than spending millions of dollars trying to reach each busy individual. Instantly we see the amount of money necessary to run cut into a fraction of what we see spent by those running in an open primary. Once chosen at convention by the delegates, they run against the chosen candidates from other parties in the general election where, once again, the public is asked to participate.
This system is under attack and we invite everyone to inform their neighbors as to the benefits of this system. Candidates in other states are more often elected based on the amount of money they have rather than the quality of their character. We don't want that to be the case in our beloved state of Utah.
The Sutherland Institute designed this cute little graphic that depects our caucus convention system.