“There is no reason the voters should pay for a party’s primary election when that party refused to allow all taxpayers who are eligible voters from voting in the primary,” said Richard Davis, chairman of the new party that targets middle-of-the-political-spectrum Utahns.”

“In Utah, the dominant GOP allows only registered Republicans to vote in its “closed” primary. Democrats use an “open primary” in which Democrats and unaffiliated voters may participate. There are hundreds of thousands of unaffiliated voters, making up the second-largest political group in Utah behind Republicans.”