October 29 The Minnesota Secretary of State’s office has collected some frequently asked questions and answered them. You can find the questions and answers at the Secretary of State web site, with more updates coming before election day. We will be reprinting some of the questions and answers here — and we welcome your questions, and especially questions about any electing day and voting stories circulating by e-mail and on the internet. Send them to editor@tcdailyplanet, and we’ll find the answers or check the facts.
Today’s questions and answers from the Secretary of State
Question: My friend from Wisconsin is wearing his favorite candidate’s campaign button to his polling location. Can I do the same at my polling place in Minnesota?
Answer: No. Minnesota law clearly prohibits the displaying of campaign materials at or near all polling locations. The Office of the Secretary of State strongly encourages all voters to remove any campaign buttons, t-shirts, etc. before arriving at the polls. Election judges will inform 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.
Question: May I bring a sample ballot from my political party or the newspaper into my polling place?
Answer: 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.
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