Part of the legislation just passed this session regarding the provisions of the Help America Vote Act included a specific Bill of Rights for voters. You can get this off the web site of the Minnesota League of Women Voters, www.lwvmn.org, or off the web site of the Secretary of State, www.sos.state.mn.us. They are stated below.
1. You have the right to be absent from work for the purpose of voting during the morning of Election Day.
2. If you are in line at your polling place any time between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., you have the right to vote.
3. If you can provide the required proof of residence, you have the right to register to vote and to vote on Election Day.
4. 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.
5. You have the right to request special assistance when voting.
6. 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.
7. You have the right to bring your minor children into the polling place and into the voting booth with you.
8. If you have been convicted of a felony but your civil rights have been restored, you have the 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.