If a voter needs assistance because of a disability, inability to read or write, difficulty with English, or other reasons, the voter has several options. The voter may:
The election judges or other individuals who assist the voter may not request, persuade, induce, or attempt to persuade or induce the voter to vote for any particular political party or candidate.
An individual assisting a voter may not reveal to anyone the name of any candidate for who the voter has voted or anything that took place while assisting the voter.
Limits on assistance:
Persons assisting voters must not mark the ballot if the voter cannot communicate his or her intent. It is not enough to "know" how the voter wants or might want to vote. The voter must be able to express their preference and direct the person providing assistance to mark their ballot. If the voter cannot communicate his or her intent in a way in which the assistant can understand, the assistant must not mark the ballot - doing otherwise is a gross misdemeanor. (Minnesota Statutes, section 204 C.16)
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