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'Legislative Election Bills' on Thursday's Access Utah

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Rep. Jordan Teuscher, R-South Jordan is sponsoring several bills regarding how candidates are elected. The most prominent of the bills, HB393, would make it so a candidate could avoid a primary election if they got the support of 70% or more of the delegates at a party convention, even if other candidates have qualified for the ballot by gathering signatures. Taylor Morgan, executive director of Count My Vote says “The caucus and convention path is broken because it’s dominated by extremists and bullies. It is not reflective of the majority of primary voters.” Count My Vote has pushed for the continuation of the signature path to the primary ballot.

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Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.