Minnesota Secretary Of State - Secretary Simon Statement on Private Security Groups at Polling Places
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Secretary Simon Statement on Private Security Groups at Polling Places

October 9, 2020

Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon released the following statement: "Every Minnesota voter should feel secure about safely exercising one of their most important rights. And Minnesota laws ensure voters are entitled to a polling place that is calm and free of intimidation.

Private security or other related individuals or groups are not allowed inside polling places, only one 'challenger' per major political party is allowed in each polling place, and no one else other than a voter or an administrator is allowed within one hundred feet of the entrance of a polling place.

We are actively working with state and federal law enforcement to ensure laws are enforced. Those laws are strictly enforced by local law enforcement. In addition, our 30,000 election judges at nearly 3,000 polling places are well-trained on those laws. Any outside effort to supplement election judges or local law enforcement is counterproductive, unwelcome, and possibly unlawful."