It's time for a fresh look at how we govern ourselves. It makes no sense to stay locked in an endless battle between "conservative" and "liberal" ideologies when we have real problems that need solving. The United Utah Party promotes key reforms that will end our bickering status quo and create a space for solutions that work for everyone. Here are some of those key reforms:
Republican arguments against more serious investment in education no longer stand up to scrutiny and Democrats have been distracted by other priorities. The United Utah Party supports meaningful and accountable investment now.
Ranked Choice Voting (RCV)
RCV simply means that when you go to vote, you don't have to just choose a single candidate for an office. You have the option to rank candidates in your order of preference--first choice, second choice, etc... This small change in the voting booth has a big impact on how elections play out.
Campaign Finance Limits
Setting limits on how much support candidates can receive from individual donors levels the playing field. It requires candidates to seek a broad base rather than just a few wealthy backers. It increases participation and reduces cynicism.
More Non-Partisan Elections
More public offices need the freedom to operate without the baggage of partisan labels--sheriffs, attorneys general, school boards... These and many others should be non-partisan elections. These public office holders need to be able to operate above the partisan fray and focus on solving local problems without being trapped in national ideological squabbles.
The way that political districts are drawn has a big impact on who gets elected. In Utah, political districts are drawn in a way that ensures Republican majorities and dilutes the influence of Democrats. This is wrong. Districts should drawn to fairly reflect the interests and needs of the citizenry, not to perpetuate the power of one political party over another.
In Utah, the state pays the cost of administering primary elections. To participate in a Republican primary, however, you have to be a registered Republican. This means that people who choose, for whatever reason, not to register as a Republican have to pay for the primary, but have no voice in who becomes the Republican nominee. This is especially problematic in a state where the Republican nominee often runs unopposed or is a shoo-in for the office because of the way districts have been drawn. If parties want closed primaries, they should pay for the election themselves.
Politicians that stay in office too long are corrupted by their position. They develop an oversized notion of their own importance and become more concerned with staying in power than solving problems. Term limits are a simple way to prevent these abuses.