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Voting Assistance

Equipment to Assist Voter in Marking the Ballot

An OmniBallot tablet is available in each polling place on Election Day and at New Hope City Hall during absentee voting. The OmniBallot tablet assists voters and allows them to mark the ballot privately and independently.

The OmniBallot tablet provides multiple ways for voters to mark their paper ballot, including a touch screen interface, a Braille touch pad and an option to use other assistive devices. The OmniBallot tablet also assists voters by providing an audio function that allows voters to listen to instructions and ballot selections while marking their ballots, and a zoom feature to increase screen and font size.

On Election Day, after the ballot is marked, it is inserted into the ballot tabulator machine to be counted as usual. The OmniBallot tablet is only a ballot-marking device and does not count or tabulate ballots.


Assistance Available

  • Voters unable to enter a polling place may, with the assistance of two election judges of different political parties, register and vote without leaving their vehicles.
  • Voters unable to complete election forms may have election judges complete all forms and may mark forms for signature if unable to sign name.
  • Voters who need help to translate and mark the ballot may have an individual of the voter's choice help, or have two election judges of different political parties help.


Vote by Absentee Ballot

Voters permanently unable to go to the polls because of illness or disability may apply to automatically receive absentee balloting materials. Requests for absentee balloting materials are taken year-round.


Agent Delivery

During the seven days preceding an election, an eligible voter who is a patient of a health care facility or who would have difficulty getting to the polls because of incapacitating health reasons or a disability may designate an agent to deliver the ballot to the voter. The voted ballot must be returned no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day. The voter must complete an affidavit requesting to provide the agent with the ballot in a sealed transmittal envelope. The affidavit must include a statement from the voter stating that the ballot was delivered to the voter by the agent in the sealed transmittal envelope. An agent may deliver ballots to no more than three persons in any election. (MN Statute 203B.11 subd. 4).

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