Is this how the kerfuffle over who gets a place on Republican ballots ends? After more than two years of lawsuits and arguments over a law that lets candidates get on the ballot by gathering signatures instead of submitting to a vote of convention delegates, does it all get solved with runoff elections?
Well, yes and no. The lawsuit the state GOP filed against the state may end if lawmakers pass a bill that allows for a runoff in the event four or more candidates are on a primary ballot and none of them gets more than 35 percent of the vote. (Under the old system, convention delegates would winnow lists of candidates to no more than two contenders.)
Should the bill become law, dropping the suit will be up to the party’s central committee. The bill solves one of the issues the state party has with a law that, in 2014, opened the party’s primaries to candidates who could bypass the convention by gathering enough signatures. With potentially hot races for U.S. Senate in 2018 and the governor’s
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Jay Evensen is the Senior Editorial Columnist of the Deseret News. He has nearly 40 years experience as a reporter, editor and editorial writer in Oklahoma, New York City, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City. He also has been an adjunct journalism professor at Brigham Young and Weber State universities.