Times Cafe' Essay Contest
In November 2013, Kirk Jowers spoke at our Times Café Event. We are using the event as the basis of our essay contest, although you may certainly enter if you didn’t attend this event. All current LEAP students, in any version of the program, are eligible to enter.
Here are the rules:
An essay of 750-1000 words; this is approx. 3 to 4 pages doubled spaced, in 12-point type, addressing this subject:
During the 2012 election cycle only 14.3% of eligible Utahans voted in the primary elections and only 56% of eligible Utahans voted in the general election. In the general election, Utah ranked 39th of the 50 states in voter participation. Count My Vote, a grassroots organization, claims that by changing Utah’s current electoral system from the caucus-convention system to a direct primary, Utah's electoral process will be improved and voter participation will dramatically increase in Utah. Do you agree or disagree with Count My Vote? Why or why not?
Jeremy W. Peters and Jonathan Martin: G.O.P. Weighs Limiting Clout of Right Wing
The New York Times, November 6, 2013
Roche, Lisa Riley. “Count My Vote Launches Initiative to Change Utah’s Primary Elections.” Deseret News
18 Sept 2013. Web. 28 Jan. 2014.
Dinha, Nineveh. “Group Pushes for Change to Utah’s Caucus System, Others Disagree.” Fox 13 News
24 Oct. 2013. Web. 28 Jan. 2014.
The Prize is a $250 gift card by The New York Times
Deadline: March 17, 2014, at 4pm; submit to Liz Taylor at the Sill Center
The Winner will be honored at the LEAP Year Celebration on April 8th at noon.