After resident Ellen Ruiters and an unnamed election judge argued over the proposed Richfield referendum at a local precinct on Election Day 2011, Richfield Patch thought voters could use a little reminder for what can and can't be done at the polls come Nov. 6.
One major thing to remember is that displaying campaign materials is a big no-no. According to the Minnesota Secretary of State website, Minnesota law prohibits the displaying of campaign materials at or near all polling locations. Voters are strongly encouraged to remove any campaign buttons, t-shirts or other accessory before arriving at the polls. Election judges are instructed to tell all voters displaying campaign material to conceal or remove it, which may mean taking off a button, zipping up a coat and keeping it zipped, or going into the bathroom to turn a t-shirt inside out.
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While voters are expected to follow this rule, election judges are as well. All election judges are required by state law to receive training every two years on conduct and protocol. Following last year's incident, Richfield City Clerk Nancy Gibbs said Richfield trains its judges every year.
"At our training, we emphatically tell election judges that they are not allowed to wear buttons or clothing regarding anything to do with candidates or their personal opinions on any person or questions on the ballot," Gibbs said in a statement last year. "[Further], they are instructed not to indulge in personal chatter regarding any candidate or question on the ballot with each other or voters."
See more information on "Protecting Election Integrity."
Commonly Asked Questions
The following information was taken directly from the Minnesota Secretary of State website:
Q: Can I bring my child with me when I vote on Election Day?
A: Yes. A voter may bring their children with them to a polling place and the children may go with the parent into the voting booth.
Q: May I bring a sample ballot from my political party or the newspaper into my polling place?
A: Yes. Voters may bring a sample ballot from a newspaper or campaign flyer into the voting booth, as long as they take great care to conceal the material from other voters while outside the voting booth and take it with them when they leave.
For more information on candidates, proposed amendments, the schools referendum and so on, see Richfield Patch's Election Guide.