Count My Vote in the News
June 15th, 2016: States tell congress: Stop hospital abuse of federal drug discount program (The hill)
"Among the litany of concerns we hear in South Carolina and Tennessee is the affordability of prescription drugs, especially for poor uninsured or underinsured patients. One easy step Congress should take to answer these grievances: establish oversight and accountability for the 340B drug discount program that was meant to help low-income patients. It’s long past time to end its widespread abuse by hospitals seeking to fatten their bottom lines at the expense of these patients."
may 31, 2016: rolly: word goes out to utah republican candidates: sign pledge to repeal sb54 (the salt lake tribune)
"In what appears to be a last-ditch attempt to intimidate Republican candidates who have accepted the legislative compromise allowing two paths to the primary ballot, GOP hopefuls are being told to sign a "keep our caucus" pledge."
"Eliza McIntosh, who uses a wheelchair, says state GOP chairman James Evans called for a standing vote on a resolution issue at the April 23 convention after a voice vote left the outcome unclear. McIntosh says despite protests from an elderly delegate to allow the crowd to vote using clickers, Evans proceeded to have delegates vote by standing."
may 25, 2016: gubernatorial candidate jonathan johnson signs "keep our caucus" pledge to repeal senate bill 54 (keep our caucus)
The text of the pledge reads as follows: “Whereas Senate Bill 54 oversteps the right of free association and diminishes the voice of all Utahns, I pledge to support and sign legislation to repeal the law during the first legislative session of 2017 and thereafter, if elected governor of Utah.”
may 23, 2016: poll: majority of utahns support allowing candidates to gather signatures to get on primary ballot (utah policy)
"The results indicate, as other public opinion surveys have, that state Republican Party leaders’ continued opposition to SB54 – a new law which has been upheld in both federal and state courts – goes against what most of their very own rank-and-file party members wish."
march 9, 2015: editorial: to have healthy utah, we need a healthy electorate (the salt lake tribune)
"If Healthy Utah is to be a bellwether, if it is to rally mainstream Utahns to take up the Count My Vote/SB 54 challenge and field candidates without the out-of-touch litmus tests of the caucus/convention system, then those challengers will need to bring new voters with them."