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Letter: Open the Republican primary and encourage healthy debate

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Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, left, talks to Derek Brown, Utah Republican Party chairman, at a Republican election night event at the Utah Association of Realtors building in Sandy on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

Henry Ford claimed that customers could get his cars in any color, provided the color was black. It seems that Rep. Jordan Teuscher likes any voter, provided that they are very conservative, Republican (and possibly white, male and LDS).

His bill would prevent people from freely choosing their party of affiliation and vote in the primary. The reason? He is concerned about voter raiding. While I condemn any effort to play dirty, I also vehemently condemn voter locking and one-track thinking. Yes, people changed party affiliation to Republican in the recent election. They did so this because the Republican primary is closed. All voters are welcome to influence the Democratic primary, so all voters can have a say in choosing the Democratic candidates.

While I would personally not change party to have my voice heard, I understand the urge of voters who do. Our democracy is strongest when a diversity of opinion can be heard and have a seat at the table. Let’s open the Republican primary to all voters and encourage healthy debates in our wonderful state.

France Barral