DESPITE OBJECTIONS FROM SEVERAL PEOPLE WHO ATTENDED THE EARLY-MORNING MEETING, MEMBERS OF THE UTAH HOUSE GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED A COMPROMISE MONDAY, ON CHANGES TO OUR STATE'S ELECTION SYSTEM.

LAWMAKERS STRUCK A DEAL -- WITH THE "COUNT MY VOTE" PETITION ORGANIZERS -- TO MAINTAIN OUR CAUCUS-CONVENTION FORM OF GOVERNMENT... BUT ALSO ALLOW CANDIDATES TO GET ON THE BALLOT, BY GATHERING PETITION SIGNATURES.

AT MONDAY'S HEARING, SEVERAL CITIZENS SPOKE AGAINST THE COMPROMISE.

SOME COMMITTEE MEMBERS ALSO OPPOSE THE COMPROMISE. BUT NONE VOTED AGAINST PASSING IT OUT OF THE COMMITTEE, SAYING THE ENTIRE HOUSE SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO DEBATE IT.

"COUNT MY VOTE" ORGANIZERS SAY, IF THE COMPROMISE BECOMES LAW, THEY WILL ABANDON THEIR PETITION DRIVE.