Carbon County Utah


On May 12, 2011, the Carbon County Democratic Party Central Committee met to amend its Constitution and By-Laws. The Amendment, having immediate impact as we proceed toward Precinct Caucus meetings on March 13, 2012, is one which requires all CCDP officers, Precinct officers, Central Committee members, County Delegates, and State Delegates to be registered Democrats.  Further, said registration shall be in effect a minimum of 60-days prior to the precinct caucuses (January 13, 2012, for this year), and one who is elected shall maintain registration as Democrat for the duration of that office.

It was recently discovered that an unknown number of members of the Carbon Democratic Party registered to vote during a period when the registration form did not provide for designating one’s party affiliation, i.e., Democrat, Republican, Independent, etc.  The voter registration form changed around 1995 and then provided for marking one’s party affiliation.

Fortunately, among the 300 or so current elected positions throughout the party, there are only a hand-full who registered after 1995 and either marked unaffiliated or did not mark any party affiliation. 

For any person who is uncertain as to when he or she registered to vote, they are encouraged to visit the County Clerk’s office in the courthouse and, if necessary, re-register and mark an affiliation. 

Precinct caucus meetings, (set for March 13th 2012),  provide an opportunity for democrats in the county to help choose who will represent them as leaders for the party.  Additionally, those elected as County Delegates will meet on March 30, 2012, at the Rio Theater in Helper to choose which candidates will appear on the ballot for the primary races in June.  Democrats elected as State Delegates vote on candidates for state-wide positions, such as Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and members of the state legislature when they meet at the State Democratic Convention on April 20-21 in Salt Lake City.

Voting in the primary races in June and in the general election in November is a right guaranteed by the 15th and 19th Amendment of the Constitution of this great country.  Although one is not required to vote, one cannot be refused his/her  right to vote, except as provided in law.  However, to meet our needs as a democratic society, government and citizens must work together.  Responsible citizenship means voting, obeying the laws, defending the nation, serving on a jury, serving the community, and being informed.  Thomas Jefferson observed, “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free . . . it expects what never was and never will be.”

Participate in your neighborhood precinct caucus; become a candidate for a position in the Party, and support those positions and ideals which you believe are in the best interest of Carbon County and the State of Utah.
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