Election Day campaigning

Here's a list of Minnesota election laws that apply to Election Day.

Election Day laws

Persons allowed near polling place

No one (other than election judges, voters and exit pollers) shall stand or linger:

  • Within 100 feet of a building that is a polling place
  • On the public property (park, school, library, public housing) on which a polling place is situated

MN Statute 204C.06 Subd. 1

Persons allowed in a polling place

The only persons allowed in polling place:

  • Voters and their minor children (Voters Bill of Rights)
  • Persons registering to vote
  • Vouchers while in the process of vouching
  • Persons assisting a voter at that voter’s request
  • Representatives of the Secretary of State/County Auditor/City Clerk/School District Clerk
  • Election workers
  • Appointed challengers
  • Media, see M.S. 204C.06 Subd. 8

MN Statute 204C.06 Subd. 2

Conduct allowed in polling place

No one except individuals receiving, marking or depositing ballots shall approach within six feet of a voting booth, ballot counter or electronic voting equipment, unless lawfully authorized to do so by an election judge or the individual is an election judge monitoring the operation of the ballot counter or electronic voting equipment.

MN Statute 204C.06 Subd. 2

Damaging or removing election materials

Damaging or removing election materials is not allowed. It can be a gross misdemeanor or felony.

MN Statute 204.06 Subd. 3-4

Voters can be removed for disorderly conduct

No disorderly conduct in a polling place.

MN Statute 204C.06 Subd. 5

Police can not be within 50 feet of polling place

Peace officers not allowed within 50 feet of polling place except to vote or respond to request for aid.

MN Statute 204C.06 Subd. 6

Drinking alcohol or intoxicated people are not allowed in polling place

Liquor and intoxicated persons not allowed.

MN Statute 204C.06 Subd. 7

No campaigning near polling places

No campaigning on Election Day:

  • Within 100 feet of the building that is a polling place
  • On the public property (park, school, library, public housing) on which a polling place is located

MN Statute 211B.11 Subd. 1

No campaigning while driving people to the polls

No campaigning on Election Day while transporting a voter to or from the polls

MN Statute 211B.11 Subd. 3

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