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An election judge, any eligible voter in the precinct, or an appointed challenger may contest a voter’s eligibility. Voter eligibility can only be contested if the challenger has personal knowledge that the person is not eligible to vote. Minnesota Statutes 204C.07 and 204C.12 address challenges to voters.
Suspicion is not a basis for making a challenge. The challenger must personally know that a specific person is not eligible to vote for a specific reason.
Political parties and/or nonpartisan candidates can appoint one challenger per precinct, who may remain in the polling place for the day. Challengers are not poll watchers. The only action a challenger may take is to contest a voter’s eligibility, if and only if they have personal knowledge of that voter’s ineligibility. Only one challenger for each candidate, party or ballot question is allowed in the polling place at any given time.
All challengers must:
Code of Conduct for Appointed Challengers
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