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A BYU study says if counties want to improve elections, they need to add some younger election workers at the polling places.
BYU political science professor Quinn Monson says if poll workers are frustrated and can't answer questions, voters don't have confidence in election results. "If voter confidence in the election goes down far enough, then people may stop voting," he said.
Monson and other BYU researchers found with the new electronic voting machines, it's a good idea to bring in some young blood. "It helped to have a tech-savvy young person at each polling location when they had trouble with these touch-screen voting machines," he said.
He's not saying replace all the current poll workers, he says they do a good job, but he recommends counties find ways to bring in some young poll workers as well.