One More Thought about the Convention

I know that it is well passed. And this post is probably going to be boring to most, but it concerns me greatly. So, I need to write about it.

First of all, from what I can tell there are supposed to be roughly 1200 delegates at the convention from the third district. And I understand that sometimes it is difficult to fill every position, but I find it hard to believe that they couldn’t fill 120 of those positions.

That is 10 percent of the positions went empty before the voting even started. Only 1080 delegates voted in the third district and this is amazing to me. I haven’t been to convention before, but it seems to me that this is either a sign of why grassroots doesn’t work, or a sign that the Republican Party is struggling.

More frustrating to me is those who had their credentials and left. I understand that there are some who had very good reason to leave. And perhaps these fall down numbers are within that range. But simply put. We need to have more dedication to our party.

For the second round, the delegates who voted dropped to 1046. We lost 34 delegates. That’s roughly 3% of the original 1080. Now maybe most of those were the Stone Fonua and Joe Ferguson crowd. If so, that tells me that they really aren’t party people but candidate people, and their precincts need to be more aware of who they elect.

Then for the third round we had drastic drop of 12% from the original voting total. I would have to assume that the major of these people were Leavitt supporters who were too upset to vote for either Chaffetz or Cannon.

How can you do that? You represent your neighborhood. You hold a responsibility to vote for them. If 24 of you would had stuck around and voted for Chaffetz, he would have won. If all of you had stayed and voted, then Chaffetz would have needed 85 of your votes to win.

Sure, I am not sure that Jason could have got those 85. But when people think about it. If they didn’t wanted Cannon over Chaffetz, then they almost handed Chaffetz a win. If 15 more people who supported Cannon in the last round had made the same decision as those who left, then Jason would have won.

I just can’t believe that there were 126 good reasons to leave the convention early. I had to get home to my family and take care of things at home. I know of at least one candidate who had a dance recital he needed to take his children too. But both of us stayed for the last vote.

I guess, I shouldn’t be too surprised about this, but the second district had 368 people drop out.  That is 35% of the original 1046 who showed up to vote in the first place.  I just don’t understand it.  We need people who are more dedicated.

Okay, you can criticize me for having left after the third round and not staying to deal with the bylaws of the party. But I had to draw a line somewhere. If I didn’t have so much going on these next few weeks, and had more time with my family I would have stayed. Not a good enough excuse, but at least I stayed to make the decisions that I believe my precinct was interested in.

I will do my best to be to the 2009 meeting and vote on all of the bylaws and other issues that are presented before us. I just can’t understand how 126 people couldn’t stay for 1 more hour.


6 Responses to “One More Thought about the Convention”

  1. Thomas W. Clay Says:

    Next year, expect a 55% turnout. I have been at all but 1 of the last 7 state conventions and this is what we get.

    It is rediculous. Most of the people that leave are fome Weber, Davis (mine), Salt Lake, and Utah counties. I believe it shows a lot of disrespect to the people who drive for HOURS from Saint George and other places.

    I don’t know what can be done about it though.

  2. Travis Grant Says:

    Yeah, what really shocked me is the numbers for the 2nd District. I haven’t crunched the numbers, but I am sure that if the 300+ that left had stuck around, then it very easily could have lead to a primary.

    I am starting to feel worse and worse about not sticking around for the bylaws, but I really had family obligations to get home to. I guess I am making the same excuses as everyone else.

  3. Tom Says:

    Please don’t disregard the amount of time wasted by the convention in transitions, time required to vote (why not IRV?), cheering for various groups while waiting for credentials,.. etc. They have a role to play in this too.

  4. IM Says:

    You sound bitter about Cannon even getting into a primary. I guess I’m confused. Have you already said why you are supporting one candidate over another?

  5. Travis Grant Says:

    In this post, I am very intentionally not taking sides. I have come out in favor of Chaffetz. But my support for Chaffetz isn’t the point of this post. The point is that I am frustrated with people’s disinterest in following through with their commitments.

  6. Matt Says:

    I was disappointed in the staying power of delegates. I understand people backing a candidate and getting frustrated when he/she loses. I also thought it took too long to get to all of the important votes (the bickering from the floor was often laughable, though some had good points of business). Still, I found the day to be pretty eye opening, especially the fireworks at the end for district three.

    I don’t want to push the “do your duty” line too much because people should participate for the right reasons. However…do your duty! Elected delegates who departed early left their neighborhoods without a voice.

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