Voter Assistance

Get help voting

There are many ways to get help when you vote. You can bring someone to help, ask an election judge, use a machine to help you mark your ballot or even vote from your car.

Help from family, friends or neighbors

You can bring a family member, friend, neighbor or anyone you choose to help you vote. The only exception is that you can't get help from someone from your employer or from your union.

Your assistant can help you in all parts of the voting process, including in the voting booth. You can show your ballot privately to an election judge to check that it is correctly marked.

Helpers are not allowed to influence your vote or share how you vote with others.

Help from ballot marking machine

All polling places have a ballot marking machine that can mark a ballot for you. It gives you privacy if you cannot (or choose not) to vote using a pen.

The machine has a screen that displays the ballot in large print or with a high-contrast background. It can also read the ballot to you through headphones.

You can fill out your ballot using a Braille keypad, touchscreen or sip-and-puff device. After you make your choices, it prints your completed ballot.

Help from election judges

Election judges are there to help you through the entire process of voting.

If you need help marking your ballot, two election judges from different political parties can assist. They are not allowed to influence your choices or tell others how you voted.

Curbside voting

If you cannot easily leave your vehicle to enter the polling place, you can ask to have a ballot brought out to you. This is known as 'curbside voting.'

Two election judges from different major political parties will bring out a ballot to your vehicle. You can register or update your registration if needed.

When you are finished voting, election judges will bring your ballot inside for you and put it in the ballot box.  

Polling Place Accessibility

Federal and state laws require that all polling places be accessible and usable. Standards include:

  • Curb cuts where needed
  • Accessible parking spaces, if parking is provided to all voters 
  • Signage indicating an accessible entrance and route in building
  • Accessible voting booth with chair
  • Seating available for voters waiting to vote
  • Notepads available to communicate in writing
  • Magnifier for election material and the ballot
  • Sufficient space for voters in wheelchairs

If you encounter any issues with accessibility while voting in Minneapolis, please contact us at 311 to report the issue.

Materials in other languages and alternate formats

Voter registration and absentee ballot instructions are available in alternate formats through Hennepin County Elections, 612-348-5151, TTY 612-348-3461.

Many materials are also available in additional languages. Throughout this site, materials are linked in multiple languages as available, and all such materials are also available on the Language Support page.

If you need materials provided by the City of Minneapolis in an alternative format please contact the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department at 612-673-3737 or email [email protected]. Deaf and hard-of-hearing persons may call 311 or 612-673-3000. TTY users may call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626.

Español (Spanish) - Atención. Si desea recibir asistencia gratuita para traducir esta información, llama 612-673-2700.
Hmoob (Hmong) - Ceeb toom. Yog koj xav tau kev pab txhais cov xov no rau koj dawb, hu 612-673-2800.
Soomaaliga (Somali) - Ogow. Haddii aad dooneyso in lagaa kaalmeeyo tarjamadda macluumaadkani oo lacag la’ aan wac 612-673-3500.
Attention: If you want help translating this information in a language other than Hmong, Spanish or Somali, call 311 or (612) 673-3000.

TTY/phone access

  • Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services TTY 612-673-2157
  • Hennepin County Elections TTY 612-348-3461
  • Minnesota Secretary of State: For TTY communication, contact MN Relay Service at 711 and ask them to call the Secretary of State Elections office at 651-215-1440.

Minneapolis 311
Can Help

Contact Minneapolis 311 Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–7 p.m. for election and other city information. From outside city limits, dial 612-673-3000.