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From our readers: No, there should never be a runoff election

Readers respond to Lisa Riley Roche’s article about runoff elections and Lee Benson’s column on the Jazz’s far-away play-by-play announcer.

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Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, GOP nominee for governor, speaks during a press conference outside of the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. Cox one the GOP primary election with just over 36% of the vote.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

What new folly is this about runoff elections? The winning candidate in a four-way race won less than 50% of the vote. So what? Why would the voters of the other three candidates now get to combine their voices and say, “Hey, I didn’t vote for that guy, why does he get to win?” Well, because each of their candidates got even less votes than the winner. Just because they picked a loser, why should they now get a second chance to vote again?  

Same thing with “first choice, second choice” voting. That’s like getting two votes and seeing which one sticks. No, we each get one vote, one time per election. Choose wisely and take your lumps if your guy doesn’t get the most votes. 

Helga Fleischer

Salt Lake City


How to avoid election chaos

SB54 created the possibility and probability of three or more candidates for public office from a political party convention. Previously, each of the two major political parties resolved candidate selection by demonstrating a large majority of delegates for one candidate or party member selection of two candidates in a primary election. If the crafters of SB54 felt so strongly the need to increase the number of candidates for selection outside the normal party convention system, especially via a primary election, why didn’t they foresee and provide for a way to resolve a plurality, but not a majority, winner?

A path to avoiding this apparently sensitive philosophical political conundrum in the future is to repeal SB54 and let the political parties select their own candidates. With the creation of the Utah United Party, there appears to be an avenue for candidates of most persuasions, and no one need hide their true political colors to play to the extremes of the formerly two major political parties. 

David R. Shorten 

American Fork


Far-away play-by-play has a long history in Utah

Lee Benson’s Aug. 9 article (“Bolerjack on doing Jazz play-by-play — from 2,200 miles away”) reminded me of one of my own experiences as a radio broadcast engineer in KALL radio’s master control. Back in the mid-1960s, KALL was located at 146 Main Street, and the late great Bill Howard was KALL’s sports announcer. In those days, local announcers didn’t travel with Salt Lake’s AAA baseball team, the Bees, for away games, but relied on someone from the Associated Press to feed the teletype with the play-by-play.

Normally, at the inning’s commercial break, Howard would get this feed from the teletype reporter, and when the break was over he would recreate the game to announce over KALL’s airwaves. One Sunday game day during my master control shift, the teletype machine broke down. No teletype! I called the local AP, explained the situation, hand-wrote the game description he recited, then ran in to the sound booth, handed the notes to Bill, and Bill did his off-the-cuff magic in making sure our listeners heard the excitement of the game. This went on for hours — a double-header! — every few minutes me taking notes over the phone, running them in to Bill, and Bill creating the narrative live.

Lloyd Black

West Valley City