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
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
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.
Damaging or removing election materials
Damaging or removing election materials is not allowed. It can be a gross misdemeanor or felony.
Voters can be removed for disorderly conduct
No disorderly conduct in a polling place.
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.
Drinking alcohol or intoxicated people are not allowed in polling place
Liquor and intoxicated persons not allowed.
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
No campaigning while driving people to the polls
No campaigning on Election Day while transporting a voter to or from the polls