Rules & Regulations on Election Day

Laws concerning Election Day Activities

Authorized Persons in the Polling Place

During voting hours the law allows only election judges, people directly engaged in voting, and authorized persons to be present in a polling place.

Persons Allowed in a Polling Place:

  • Voters and their minor children
  • Persons registering to vote
  • Vouchers while in the process of vouching
  • Persons assisting a voter with a disability or who is unable to read English
  • Election Judges
  • Peace officers, if requested

The following individuals should directly report to the Head Judge at a polling place with their credentials:

  • Representatives of the Secretary of State/County Auditor/City Clerk/School District Clerk
  • Authorized challengers
  • Teachers and students participating in authorized educational activity
  • Media

No Campaigning near Polling Place, M.S. 211B.11

  • within 100 feet of the building in which a polling place is situated a person may not display campaign material, post signs, ask, solicit, or in any manner try to induce or persuade a voter
  • anywhere on the public property on which a polling place is situated on primary or general election day a person may not try to induce or persuade a voter to vote for or refrain from voting for a candidate or ballot question
  • a person may not provide political badges, political buttons, or other political insignia to be worn at or about the polling place on the day of a primary or general election
  • a person transporting a voter to or from the polling place may not ask, solicit, or in any manner try to induce or persuade a voter on primary or election day to vote or refrain from voting for a candidate or ballot question

No Lingering Within 100 Feet of the Building with a Polling Place

An individual shall be allowed to go to and from the polling place for the purpose of voting without unlawful interference. No one except an election official or an individual who is waiting to register or to vote or an individual who is conducting exit polling shall stand within 100 feet of the building in which a polling place is located. "Exit polling" is defined as approaching voters in a predetermined pattern as they leave the polling place after they have voted and asking voters to fill out an anonymous, written questionnaire.

M.S. 204C.06 Subd. 2, 6 & 8; M.S. 204C.08, Subd. 1d; M.S. 211B.11

Public Meetings Prohibited on Election Day, M.S. 204C.03

Subdivision 1. School districts; counties; municipalities; special taxing districts. No special taxing district governing body, school board, county board of commissioners, city council, or town board of supervisors shall conduct a meeting between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on the day that an election is held within the boundaries of the special taxing district, school district, county, city, or town. As used in this subdivision, “special taxing district” has the meaning given in section 275.066.

Subd. 2. State colleges and universities. Except for regularly scheduled classes, no Minnesota state college or university shall schedule an event between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on the day that an election is held in any political subdivision in which the university or college is located.

Subd. 3. Public elementary and secondary schools. Except for regularly scheduled classes, a public elementary or secondary school may not schedule a school sponsored event between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on the day that a regularly scheduled election is held in any political subdivision in which the school is located.

Subd. 4. State government. No state agency, board, commission, department, or committee shall conduct a public meeting on the day of the state primary or general election.

In all matters, the law and rule are the final authority.

Minneapolis Elections & Voter Registration
350 South 5th Street – Room 201
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Call 311 or 612-673-3000

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