A Message to Unaffiliated Voters
Are you a stay-at-home-Republican during the Primary voting, or an unaffiliated voter that ends up voting Republican most of the time? Then, this article is for you.
Who is really in charge in this world? Is there any difference if I participate? If you believe that your vote does not matter, think again. Here are just two stories from this year’s Republican convention on May 8, 2010.
Morgan Philpot — Morgan avoided a primary by getting his 60% of delegates by … yes … just one vote.
Jon Hellander – Jon missed avoiding a primary by … just one vote.
Both of these candidates were supported by a wonderful grassroots effort.
The convention system is closed to only those who are allowed to vote as delegates. Those delegates were elected in their neighborhood meetings, sometimes called mass meetings and caucus meetings. The people that showed up made all the difference in who was elected to represent their neighborhood at the convention.
Now the primary is here. Tuesday, June 22, we have a choice in Utah between Mike Lee and Tim Bridgewater. Are you going to sit on the sidelines and let others decide who will get that seat? In addition, statewide there are many other races, including the race between Jon Hellander and Mel Brown for the House Seat in District 53.
Primary races usually have low voter turnout. This is crazy. This is where the real decisions are made. You can choose the candidate that most reflects your values, or just wait, and hold your nose in November and end up voting for the lesser of two evils. This year will be different in the Senate race, because the aristocracy has ended with Bennett being eliminated by the delegates. However, not every race had eight people running.
Who decides this? The Republicans. Who does this affect? Everyone. Republicans typically win many races in rural areas, and historically throughout Utah. Jim Matheson (D) has been an anomaly for this state. I think that seat will end up Republican this year… GO MORGAN!
Here is my challenge. Let your voice be heard. You can sit back and choose between a Democrat and a Republican on the November ballot, or you can get out there, vote in the primary, and help determine WHICH Republican is actually on the ballot in November.
If you are Democrat, vote in the Democrat primary. If you are a Republican or Conservative that is Unaffiliated, COME JOIN US. You don’t have to live for the party. You don’t have to be married to it. I will always vote my conscience, as I hope you will as well. Study the candidates. See how they have voted if they have been in office before. Get their report cards from the conservative groups that put them out, and make an educated decision. Utah Grass Roots 2010 Report Card and Utah Tax Payers Association,
You can vote easily at the polls, by changing affiliation. Is it fair to have the Republicans continue to put forward someone who does not reflect YOUR VIEWS, because you are unaffiliated. HELP US!
Choose a great candidate. Your voice matters. It is critical to our cause of liberty, and it’s not fair that you have been left high and dry by only having the candidate the few Republicans wanted. Your right to be unaffiliated is wonderful, and I respect that. However, the world is run by those that show up, and waiting until November just will not be enough anymore.