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Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State

Cognitive Impairment or Under Guardianship

Only a judge can decide if someone is not competent to vote. No one else can make this decision on someone’s behalf, including a spouse, children, caregivers, doctors or nurses.

Persons have the right to vote when they are under guardianship, conservatorship or if someone else has power of attorney, as long as a judge did not restrict the right to vote.

Voters have the right to assistance when marking and casting a ballot. Learn about how to get help when voting.

Individuals or organizations that want to provide assistance to voters should consider providing safeguards to avoid any appearance of wrongdoing. This could include having two individuals provide assistance to voters together.

Last updated: 2/28/2014 2:59:21 PM