UF: Can Popsicle sticks improve your next trip to the polls?

UF: Can Popsicle sticks improve your next trip to the polls?

UF: Can Popsicle sticks improve your next trip to the polls?

If you were frustrated by how long it took to vote in recent elections, you’re not alone. University of Florida political science professor Daniel Smith wants to help, and one of his most powerful tools is a humble Popsicle stick.

In an Election Day study Smith conducted with Dartmouth College colleague Michael Herron, 14 UF students and 28 Miami-Dade area college students handed out Popsicle sticks to voters as they entered their polling places, writing their arrival time on one end of the stick. The voters wrote down the time when they filled out their ballot, then returned the stick on the way out, where the student recorded the time the voter left.

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