Polling Place Accessiblity
Federal and state laws require that all polling places be fully accessible and usable by elderly voters or voters with disabilities (M.S. 204B.16, subd. 5). City and township clerks should visit polling locations periodically to check that polling locations are still accessible. The Office of the Secretary of State Polling Place Accessibility Diagnostic Tool gives instructions on how polling place inspections should be performed.
Report an Accessibility Issue
Cities and towns choose polling place locations and are responsible for polling place accessibility Contact your city or township clerk if a polling place is not accessible.
Minimum Accessibility Requirements
Minimum requirements for accessibility include, but are not limited to:
- Paved parking with wide spaces reserved for persons with a disability.
- Curb cuts or temporary ramps.
- Paved main routes free of stairs or with ramp or elevator bypasses.
- Entrances and doorways a minimum of 32 inches wide.
- Walkways and hallways at least 36 inches wide.
- Hallways free of protrusions overhanging the floor.
- Handrails on all stairs.
- Signs directing voters around obstructed entrances or stairs to accessible routes.
- Signs outlining the assistance available to voters.
- One or more wheelchair accessible voting booth(s) or station(s) with writing surface 34 inches high.
- Curbside voting
- A bipartisan team of election judges to provide assistance in the polling place.
- The voter bringing someone of their choosing to assist in the polling place.
- Assistive voting equipment, the AutoMARK, available in the polling place.