Our View: Involvement over indifference
A week from today, the Moffat County Republican Assembly will convene at Sandrock Elementary School, an event that will go a long way toward shaping the ballot in this year’s elections.
Eighty-six delegates, chosen through the party’s caucus process earlier this month, will hear speeches from each candidate and vote on whether candidates should advance to the August primary ballot.
To advance, a candidate must receive 26 delegate votes.
A question posed at Monday’s Editorial Board meeting was whether the caucus/party assembly process is antiquated and should be scrubbed all together, as some think it should.
The resounding answer? No.
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The caucus and the assembly represent gras-roots politics at its purest, the Editorial Board contends, and gives residents and voters a chance to be involved in the political system.
In today’s age of voter apathy and disenchantment with American politics and officials, the caucus and assembly provides an opportunity for the public to shape elections to come and have a say in who potentially serves their public interests best.
In the case of the assembly, it also provides the delegates — many of whom are everyday residents — a chance to interact with candidates, and see a different side than canned television commercials, Web sites and newspaper advertisements allow.
The Editorial Board also thinks voter involvement in politics is particularly critical now at a crossroads in American history.
War, the economy and health care reform are among the most pressing and divisive issues our society faces today, and yet voter-turnout — especially in Moffat County — is sporadic at best.
We need more opportunities for political involvement in our society, the Editorial Board thinks, not less.
Of course, opportunities are meaningless if they come and go without voters taking advantage of them.
It’s too late to be involved in the caucus and the assembly, but it’s not too late to prepare yourself for the elections.
Everyone is busy, but take time and research the candidates you are considering for this all-important year of political change.
It is your right and your responsibility, yet it means nothing if it’s squandered by indifference.
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Editor’s note: This story was updated at 6:45 p.m. to include a response from the Bureau of Land Management’s national office.