The right to vote has long been recognized as a fundamental liberty right. Secretary of State Steve Simon, Minnesota’s Chief Elections Officer, explains his commitment to assure that all eligible voters have access to and can freely participate in the voting process, and that accommodations are available to fully include individuals with disabilities in the voting process and at all polling places.
Secretary of State Steve Simon explains his duties as the state’s chief election administrator. (April 6, 2020)
An explicit right to vote is expressed in our Minnesota Constitution but not in our Federal Constitution.
The Secretary of State’s Office assures that all eligible voters, including voters under guardianship, know they are eligible to vote, know the rules, and how to participate in the voting process.
Election judges serve a vital function in our democracy and many more are needed. Resources are available to learn about rights and responsibilities of all eligible voters, including voters with disabilities and to assure that no one is interfering with one’s right to vote.
Voter registration requires only two things – something that shows you are who you say you are and you live where you say you live, or someone who can vouch for you at the polling place. Accommodations can be physical (wider doorways), functional (elevators), or technology related (voting machines). On a rolling basis, surveys are done on election days to determine if locations meet code and can fully accommodate all voters, including voters with disabilities.
Our commitment and obligation – everyone’s voice is heard through the voting process.