The GOP caucus manipulated the electorate to favor MAGA supporters. I’m switching my party affiliation.


(Bethany Baker | The Salt Lake Tribune) People wait to sign in during the presidential primary caucuses at Riverton High School in Riverton on Tuesday, March 5, 2024.

An open letter to Rob Axson, Utah Republican Party chairman:

I got a text asking for my feelings about the caucus situation, so here are my thoughts.

On Super Tuesday I got another text or two urging me to vote. In order to do so, I was told I had to come at 5 p.m. and stay till 7 p.m. when the voting would take place. Isn’t that a kind of “poll tax”?

Anyway, it effectively prevented me from participating. My wife and I were disenfranchised. We are 75 years old, lifetime Republicans. We don’t need a “community experience.” We need to vote. We need a primary with mail-in ballots.

What you did manipulated the electorate to favor only the most energetically involved, the MAGA group.

Don’t kid yourself — you are as transparent as air.

The same disenfranchisement happened in 2016 when the caucuses voted for Ron Paul, but the committee overruled and placed Donald Trump on the ballot.

I am switching my party registration to Democrat. Nothing that they will do in office is as bad as what Trump has already done to our democracy.

Dirk Sipes, Hooper

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