Can you use a phone while voting?
November 7, 2006 10:41 AM Subscribe
Can you use a phone (to get assistance from a friend, for example) while voting?
posted by gauchodaspampas to law & government (7 answers total)
I have heard somewhere, I think, that you can talk on a phone while voting, because you are allowed to seek assistance from friends other than poll workers. Suppose for instance that you speak a language for which the poll workers don't have translated ballots, or an available translator. You might need to call a friend, right? Or maybe you just forgot the name of that lady running for school board that you want to vote for, and your friend knows who you're talking about. Anyway, my friend called me while he was voting, just to make sure I had voted. (He didn't actually need assistance). The poll workers told him he could not talk on the phone. Are they right? It's not like it's a test. Getting help from a friend is not cheating. Perhaps he just needed to notify them so he could use their phone or something? Also, if his rights were violated, what number do I call in the state of Minnesota to report it?