Three of Utah's most populous counties should be applauded for ordering more voting machines in anticipation of high voter turnout in November. Record voter turnout during the primaries and an increase in voter registration provide adequate warnings for what is expected. These counties, however, must now also focus on training and increasing the amount of poll workers.
The quantity of machines alone will not alleviate an increased strain at the polls. The ordering of more machines must be coupled with more and better trained poll workers that will properly process voters and troubleshoot machine problems.
The funds for this effort are available should Utah take advantage of the $1.65 million in grants provided by the federal Election Assistance Commission to help colleges and nonprofit groups recruit poll workers.
Jeffrey T. Zaino
vice president, elections
American Arbitration Association
New York City