10th Circuit Court of Appeals next to weigh in on SB 54 lawsuit

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Salt Lake City, Utah- (ABC4 Utah) – The next step for the Utah GOP court battle against SB 54 is coming up next week.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear the case in Denver, Colorado on Monday. In the meantime, the controversy continues to build.

Chairman Rob Anderson has publicly made it clear he wants to find a solution to end it, but some members of the state central committee are warning him not to act alone.

Fifty-three members of the committee signed onto a letter claiming that decision lies with them.

“We wanted to make sure he understood that our governing documents and the Constitution of our party, under the section of powers specifically says the State Central Committee is the governing body of the party,” said Committee Member Phil Wright.

Wright and Kera Birkeland are two of the 53 members who signed the letter.

They say the court fight is about defending the rights of the party.

Ultimately, they want to ditch the signature path to the primary provided in the SB 54 compromise, leaving that decision to party delegates.

“I think we need to take back our primaries, that’s what I would like to see the compromise be. That we then start working this out with republicans, within the Republican Party,” said Birkeland.

Not all republicans agree. Both sides are passionate, and the fight has been divisive.

“There is huge conflict right now in the Republican Party, and we’re just waiting to see what side wins. They have a choice here, you can either be at the table, or you can be on the menu,” said Jason Perry, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics.

That’s because organizers of Count My Vote are finalizing language for a new effort that would eliminate the caucus-convention system all together.

Perry says that’s what’s on the line for those who insist on fighting SB 54.

“There are already a lot of Utahns out there that signed it the first time. They are going to go forward, and they are going to have a lot of momentum,” said Perry.

Count My Vote is expecting to file the new initiative next week.

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