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Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State

Voter Assistance at the Polls

Voters have the right to request special assistance when voting.

  • Voters can bring someone along to help. They cannot bring their employer or employer’s agent, their union or union agent, or a candidate for election. The assistant does not have to live in the voter’s precinct or be eligible to vote.
  • Voters can ask an election judge (poll worker) to help. Two election judges from different major political parties will help together.
  • Voters can use a device called the AutoMARK to read and mark the ballot. It allows voters to mark their ballot with a touchscreen or a Braille keypad. All polling places have an AutoMARK.
  • If a voter cannot easily leave their vehicle to enter the polling place, an election judge can bring a ballot to them. Two election judges from different parties will bring voting materials to the voter.
  • Watch an introduction to voting video series that demonstrate the use of accessible voting equipment such as the AutoMark, and what Minnesotans, including voters with disabilities, can expect on Election Day. The series is accessible through American Sign Language (ASL), captions and voiceovers. Text and Microsoft Word transcripts of audio content with video descriptions are also included.

Guidelines for Assisting Voters

  • Assistants can only mark ballots for three voters on Election Day.
  • An assistant may help the voter in all areas of the polling place (signing the roster, registering to vote, marking their ballot, etc.).
  • An assistant cannot try to influence how to vote or share how the person voted.
  • Assistants cannot mark the ballot if the voter is unable to communicate their choices. It is a misdemeanor if they do.
Last updated: 4/4/2014 11:40:43 AM