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Utah uses a caucus/convention method for elections, using elected delegates instead of the broader voting population to select party candidates. A delegate is an individual chosen to represent their state or county voting precinct at their annual party conventions. Delegates serve two-year terms and have many duties depending on the type of delegate that they are. All delegates gather every year at their party’s convention.
During the first year (even-numbered years) they meet to vote on party primary candidates. This meeting is called the nominating convention. During the second year (odd-numbered years) they meet to conduct county party business, such as voting on party officials and platforms. This meeting is called the organizing convention.
The primary purpose of delegates is to vote on a party’s candidate for primary and general elections. If one candidate receives 60% of the delegate votes at the convention, they will be the only candidate who secures a spot on the primary ballot from the convention (other candidates can be on the ballot if they collected enough signatures). If no candidate receives 60%, then the top two candidates will go on the primary ballot.
A county delegate must attend and participate in the annual county nominating convention. They must cast ballots and choose the party’s nominees for elected positions in the state legislature and county offices for primary and general elections. In addition, delegates may also debate and vote on issues important to their county and attend to county party business.
A state delegate plays a similar role to county delegates but at a state level. These state delegates must attend the annual state convention where they choose party nominees for statewide offices like governor, legislative candidates in districts that include more than one county, and Congressional candidates. They must also debate any changes to state party constitution, bylaws, platform, or rules of convention.
The process for becoming a delegate in Utah is actually not as hard as you think. First, you must meet the following basic qualifications:
Then you must attend your precinct caucus (a neighborhood party meeting) and get enough votes to win a delegate position. How? Follow these simple steps.
How to run for a delegate position in Utah:
Tips for your speech to become a delegate: