What is the Neighborhood Caucus System?
It’s a big question, as most people from out of state have never heard of a caucus before, except perhaps in history books, and many in the state haven’t attended in years.
We’ve found the video, “Preserve our local neighborhood caucus system in Utah” to be a highly educational description of what the caucus system is, and why it gives advantage to candidates of principle, rather than those with the most money and fame.
Once you have finished watching the 2 minute video we encourage you to continue reading and researching what the caucus is, and why it is such an inspired system of localized government.
What are Advantages of the Neighborhood Caucus System?
As you saw in the video above, the Neighborhood Caucus System:
- Prioritizes the people over special interest groups
- Is more difficult for those special interest groups to manipulate
- Assigns neighbors to become “experts” on the candidates, and gives them the charge to vote based on principles rather than name recognition
- Gives delegates the opportunity to speak with candidates personally and at length, allowing proper vetting of the candidates and incumbents
- Improves accountability of incumbents to the people
- Has made Utah the “Best Managed State” in the United States!
What are the Alternatives to the Neighborhood Caucus System?
- The alternative you will hear about in the news is the “direct primary election” system, which voids the caucus system by skipping the vetting process.
The direct primary election system, a Liberal Progressive idea, touts itself as being more democratic. Democracy is a buzzword many Americans identify with, though direct democracies, often referred to as “mob rule,” sacrifices the accountability a representative republic gives the people.
Direct primaries require candidates reach as many people as possible in a short amount of time. This translates to each person gets less and less time with the candidate, considerably less than they would get with the caucus system.
Did you know:
- Most states have been running on the direct primary system for decades?
- Congressional approval rests around 15%?
- In spite of such low approval, the re-election rate (incumbency) for Congress is around 90%, most of them being elected by the direct primary system?