Election judges getting too old to handle the long Election Day should not be one of the reasons for the county implementing it. Not every potential election judge is unable to work those very long hours.
Utah law requires that two of each set of three elections judges be chosen from a list submitted to the county clerk by the party receiving the most votes for state elected officials in the last election, and that one election judge be chosen from a list submitted by the party receiving the second most votes.
In 2012, adhering to election code, the Democratic Party in Grand County submitted the names of several individuals willing and qualified to act as election judges.
The Grand County Clerk ignored that legally submitted list, which consisted of individuals who are able to work those very long hours, and chose her election judges without regard to the state code.
These are the people she is now calling too old to sit through a long day (and it is, indeed, a long day).
—Karen Robinson, vice chair, Democratic Party