“Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower
The UHPA Board of Directors is concerned about declining civil engagement. Utah’s voter participation has fallen from 78 percent in 1960 to 51 percent in 2011. Our state now ranks 47th in the nation. A variety of factors contribute to this, including redistricting, close primaries and busy lifestyles. If you can, registration by mail to vote, is a great way to save you time in your busy lifestyle. It is a priority of the Board of Directors to actively participate in the caucuses, which takes place every other year in March of that year.
Utah’s Unique Convention System
Utah is one of only seven states to utilize a convention system to elect candidates for primary and general elections, and only one of only three states that do not have a tool for candidates to bypass the convention. Utah is the only state that allows political parties to preclude a primary election for statewide or congressional offices if candidates receive a sufficient proportion of delegates’ votes.
Preparing the Membership
The Utah Highway Patrol Association is committed to preparing the association membership to participate in the neighborhood precinct caucus meetings in March. Please contact your Utah Highway Patrol Association area representative to see where you can help. In the political world in America today, it all starts at the neighborhood caucus meeting. Whether you are a Democrat, Republican, or Independent; it is very important for you to take some time and get elected as a delegate within your party. You have some power in doing something as a delegate, but once that individual is elected into office, your power as a citizen is greatly less.