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I'm in a residential facility


If you live in a residential facility, a staff person can go with you to the polling place to confirm your address if you need to register to vote.

 

What is a residential facility?

Residential facilities include:

  • Assisted-living facilities
  • Battered women’s shelters
  • Group residential housing
  • Homeless shelters
  • Nursing homes
  • Residential alcohol and chemical treatment programs
  • Residential facilities for persons with developmental disabilities
  • Supervised-living facilities
  • Transitional housing
  • Veterans’ homes

 

Help with voter registration on Election Day 

If you need to register on Election Day, you must provide proof-of-residence. This can be difficult when you live in a residential facility. One simple way you can provide proof-of-residence is to ask facility staff to go with you on Election Day to ‘vouch’ for you. Vouching is when the staff swears that they personally know you live in the facility.

Any staff person can vouch for all eligible voters who are residents of the facility. However, staff must prove their employment with election officials. Methods of proof include:

  • Showing an employee identification badge.

  • Sending a staff list to election officials in advance. 

    Instructions: using this form send the county election office a list of employees who might vouch for residents. Submit the list at least 20 days before the election. If there are buildings in different precincts, send a separate form for each. If staff work at several locations, they can appear on multiple lists.

  • Or, bringing a staff list to the polling place

    Instructions: prepare a list on your letterhead of staff who are vouching for residents and give it to the election judge at the polling place. The letter must be signed and dated, and include the facility’s name, address, and your name and title. Include this language in the letter: “I certify that the following is a list of employees of this facility who may vouch on Election Day for eligible voters who are residents of this facility, and that this facility meets the definition of “residential facility” contained in Minnesota Statutes 201.061, subd. 3, para.(c).”

 

Have an agent pick up your ballot (agent delivery)

If you live in a nursing home, an assisted-living facility, residential treatment center, group home or battered women's shelter, you can ask someone to pick up and return an absentee ballot for you. Read more

Your agent must be at least 18 years old, have a pre-existing relationship with you and cannot be a candidate. An individual cannot be an agent of more than three voters in an election.

Give your agent a completed absentee ballot application and a request for agent delivery of absentee ballot form. Have your agent take both forms to the local election office to receive your ballot.

Your agent can pick up your ballot starting seven days before the election until 2 p.m. on Election Day. Your agent or someone else you designate must return your ballot by 3 p.m. on Election Day. You can also return your ballot by mail. Election officials must receive your ballot on or before Election Day.

 

Vote early with an absentee ballot

You can vote early at your local elections office starting 46 days before Election Day. You can also apply to have an absentee ballot sent to you in the mail.