Polling place signs

We partnered with the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) to design easy to read signs for our polling places. They were so good that the state adopted them for use statewide.

About the signs

In 2014, MCAD began experimenting with designing better signs to help voters understand the process. They translated the signs to other languages to ensure that all eligible voters felt welcome on its campus. 

Based on the 2014 prototypes, we hired MCAD’s in-house design firm, DesignWorks, to redesign the voting signage used at all City polling places. The new signs were first launched citywide during the 2016 election.

Creative Commons licensing details

All the files available under a Creative Commons Attribution–NonCommercial–ShareAlike 4.0 license. This means individuals using the polling place sign files are free to:

Share: copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format

Adapt: remix, transform, and build upon the material, under the following terms:

  • Attribution: You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and say if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the Minneapolis College of Design endorses you or your use.
  • NonCommercial: You may not use the material for commercial purposes.
  • ShareAlike: If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.
  • No additional restrictions: You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

Request files

Sample signs and design files can be made available to any interested jurisdiction at no cost via a creative commons license. Please contact our office for more information at elections@minneapolismn.gov.