Resolution: 2011-002 – Election Participation
2011 Utah League of Cities and Towns Resolution – Encouragement to Participate in Elections
We, the members of the Utah League of Cities & Towns find:
- Utah’s political parties select their nominees through a unique caucus and convention system that more people need to understand and take part in;
- Even though participating in caucus night is as important, and in some ways more important than voting in the November general elections; there is no way to cast your vote at a caucus meeting early or absentee or even earlier in the day–you must be present in that exact hour to have a voice.
- Despite this importance, only 65,000 Utahns attended their neighborhood caucus meeting in 2010, less than 3% of residents.
- Our Republic is more representative of the populace when more are involved. With 70% of delegates elected at caucuses having been Utah residents for 20 years or longer, and with 75% of delegates being male, we need to have broader participation in neighborhood caucus meetings.
Therefore, we resolve:
- To strongly encourage our member cities and towns to cancel all city events, meetings, sporting activities, and other conflicts during the evening of the Utah neighborhood caucus meetings in March 2012.
- To strongly encourage church groups, youth groups, scout groups, businesses, and other community organizations to keep free of conflicts the evening of the Utah neighborhood caucus meetings.
- To strongly encourage all Utah voters to attend and participate in the neighborhood caucus meeting of the political party of their choice in March 2012 and to have their voice heard.