Voter Assistance and Resources

Getting to Your Polling Place
At the Polling Place
Other Voting Options
Materials in Alternate Formats
TTY/Phone Access for Hearing Impaired
Voting Rights

Getting to Your polling place

Looking for a ride to your polling place on Election Day?

  • Ask a friend or neighbor for a ride to the polls. Polls are often located near where you live, so someone who lives close to you may be going to the same place to vote. Find your polling place in advance so you can talk to neighbors and friends.
  • Contact your political party.  Many offer resources to help find Election Day rides to the polls.
    • Constitution Party of Minnesota: 507-644-3183
    • Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party of Minnesota: 651-293-1200
    • Green Party of Minnesota: 651-288-2820
    • Independence Party of Minnesota: 651-487-9700
    • Libertarian Party of Minnesota: 763-561-8038
    • Republican Party of Minnesota: 651-222-0022
  • Non-profit organizations often offer rides to the polls as well.  In advance of upcoming elections, we will update this page with resources we are aware of.  Please let us know if your organization will be providing rides so we can include your information.
  • Metro Transit Bus and LRT Information: Use the trip planner to plan your route to the polls via public transportation.
Reminder: Persons transporting voters to the polls must not in any way try to induce or persuade voters about their candidate or ballot selections on Election Day.

At the Polling Place

All polling places meet state and federal accessibility standards, including:

  • Curb cuts where needed
  • Accessible parking spaces
  • 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

Assistance with voting

If a voter needs assistance for any reason, the voter may:
  1. Get assistance from a person of the voter's choice, except the voter's employer, an officer or agent of the voter's union, or a candidate for election.
  2. Get the assistance of two election judges from different major political parties.
  3. Use the AutoMARK: Each polling place, including City Hall during absentee voting, has at least one voting machine accessible to voters with disabilities, including those with a vision impairment or difficulty using a pen.  It allows voters who require assistance marking the ballot themselves to vote independently by allowing voters to indicate their choices using a touch screen or headphones in combination with a keypad marked in Braille. The voter can enter choices and the AutoMARK prints the ballot for them. It does not count the votes or retain their choices. The voter then deposits the ballot into the optical scan ballot counter along with all the other ballots at that voting location.
  4. Use curbside voting: An individual who is unable to enter a polling place may register and vote without leaving their vehicle. Two election judges who are members of different major political parties will come outside to assist the voter.
The election judges or other individuals who assist the voter may not request, persuade, induce, or attempt to persuade or induce the voter to vote for any particular political party or candidate.
An individual assisting a voter may not reveal to anyone the name of any candidate for whom the voter has voted or anything that took place while assisting the voter.

Limits on assistance:
  • An individual (other than an election judge) may not assist more than 3 voters in marking their ballots.
  • There is no limit on the number of voters that an individual may help (including translation, disability, or literacy issues) as long as they do not accompany the voter into the voting booth.
Persons assisting voters must not mark the ballot if the voter cannot communicate his or her intent.
It is not enough to "know" how the voter wants or might want to vote. The voter must be able to express their preference and direct the person providing assistance to mark their ballot. If the voter cannot communicate his or her intent in a way in which the assistant can understand, the assistant must not mark the ballot - doing otherwise is a gross misdemeanor. (MN Statutes, section 204 C.16)

Other Voting Options

Vote by Absentee Ballot prior to Election Day

Beginning with the August 12, 2014, Primary Election, all voters in Minnesota may choose to vote by absentee ballot. Voters may request an absentee ballot for the next upcoming election at any time or may apply to automatically receive absentee balloting materials for every election.  Requests for absentee balloting materials are taken year-round, and ballots are mailed out to voters beginning 46 days prior to the next regularly scheduled election. In-person absentee voting is also available at City Hall during the absentee balloting period.

In 2014, absentee voting for the Primary Election is available between June 27 and August 11.  For the General Election, the absentee voting period is September 19 through November 3.

Get more information on Voting by Absentee Ballot prior to Election Day.

Additional voting options are available for:

Materials in alternate formats

Voter registration and absentee ballot instructions are available in audio cassette, large type or Braille formats at Hennepin County Elections, (612) 348-5151, TTY (612) 348-3461.

Many materials are also available in alternate 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 NCR@minneapolismn.gov. Deaf and hard-of-hearing persons may call 311 or 612-673-3000. TTY users may call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626.

Attention: If you want help translating this information in a language other than Hmong, Spanish or Somali, call 311  or (612) 673-3000.
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.

TTY/Phone access for hearing impaired:

  • Minneapolis Elections TTY (612) 673-2157
  • Hennepin County Elections TTY (612) 348-3461
  • 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.

Voting Rights

Voter's Bill of Rights

  1. If you are in line at your polling place any time before 8:00 p.m., you have the right to vote.
  2. If you can provide the required proof of residence, you have the right to register to vote and to vote on election day,
  3. If you are unable to sign your name, you have the right to orally confirm your identity with an election judge and to direct another person to sign your name for you.
  4. You have the right to request special assistance when voting.
  5. If you need assistance, you may be accompanied into the voting booth by a person of your choice, except by an agent of your employer or union or a candidate.
  6. You have the right to bring your minor children into the polling place and into the voting booth with you.
  7. If you have been convicted of a felony but your felony sentence has expired (been completed) or you have been discharged from your sentence, you have the right to vote.
  8. If you are under a guardianship, you have the right to vote, unless the court order revokes your right to vote.
  9. You have the right to vote without anyone in the polling place trying to influence your vote.
  10. If you make a mistake or spoil your ballot before it is submitted, you have the right to receive a replacement ballot and vote.
  11. You have the right to file a written complaint at your polling place if you are dissatisfied with the way an election is being run.
  12. You have the right to take a sample ballot into the voting booth with you.
  13. You have the right to take a copy of this Voter's Bill of Rights into the voting booth with you.

Voting Rights Fact Sheets & Information from the Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State

Minneapolis 311
Can Help

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