204B.18 POLLING PLACES; EQUIPMENT.
Subdivision 1. Booths; voting stations.
Each polling place must contain a number of voting
booths or voting stations in proportion to the number of individuals eligible to vote in the precinct.
Each booth or station must be at least six feet high, three feet deep and two feet wide with a shelf
at least two feet long and one foot wide placed at a convenient height for writing. The booth or
station shall permit the voter to vote privately and independently. Each polling place must have at
least one accessible voting booth or other accessible voting station and beginning with federal and
state elections held after December 31, 2005, and county, municipal, and school district elections
held after December 31, 2007, one voting system that conforms to section 301(a)(3)(B) of the
Help America Vote Act, Public Law 107-252. All booths or stations must be constructed so that a
voter is free from observation while marking ballots. During the hours of voting, the booths or
stations must have instructions, a pencil, and other supplies needed to mark the ballots. A chair
must be provided for elderly voters and voters with disabilities to use while voting or waiting
to vote. Stable flat writing surfaces must also be made available to voters who are completing
election-related forms. All ballot boxes, voting booths, voting stations, and election judges must
be in open public view in the polling place.
Subd. 2. Ballot boxes.
Each polling place shall be provided with one ballot box for each kind
of ballot to be cast at the election. The boxes shall be substantially the same color as the ballots to
be deposited in them. Each box shall be of sufficient size and shall have a sufficient opening to
receive and contain all the ballots likely to be deposited in it. When buff or goldenrod ballot boxes
are required, a separate box must be provided for each school district for which ballots are to be
cast at that polling place. The number and name of the school district must appear conspicuously
on the top of each buff or goldenrod ballot box.
History: 1981 c 29 art 4 s 18; 1984 c 471 s 7; 1987 c 266 art 1 s 26; 2000 c 467 s 17;
2005 c 156 art 6 s 37