Keep Our Caucus (KOC) is a non-partisan, grassroots group that advocates for Utah’s caucus-convention election process.
KOC was launched in 2013 by local Utah citizens concerned with Count My Vote’s (CMV) flawed initiative and the subsequent unconstitutional bill passed (Senate Bill 54) to eliminate the caucus system. Our mission is to:
- Educate the public and Utah political community about the issue;
- Support political leaders that are pro-caucus and expose those are undermining it;
- Strengthen and improve the caucus-convention process;
- Pursue legislative measures to repeal Senate Bill 54 and secure the First Amendment right of free association for all Utahns.
Keep Our Caucus believes that changing Utah’s election process to a direct primary, already unsuccessfully tried in Utah (1937-1947), would lead to elections favoring big money, big name candidates, and remove local control. The current election system has a balanced vetting process that includes neighborhood caucus meetings, nominating conventions, primaries, with an alternative independent path to the ballot and a general election. This system allows anyone to directly participate in the democratic process and levels the playing field for candidates running for office.
States (such as California) that have gone to direct primary-only election systems are among the worst managed states in the nation. Utah is one of the best-managed states thanks to a proven process that keeps elected leaders accountable and closest to the people.
Keep Our Caucus is a registered political action committee with the state of Utah.