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Voting from a Residential Facility

Download this information as a PDF, 'Residential Facility Vouching.'

Voters who live in a residential facility can go with facility staff to the polling place, who can confirm their address if they need to register to vote. The following is information for how residential facilities can participate in registering residents to vote.

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

Ask Someone to Deliver an Absentee Ballot to You
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.

Residential Facility Staff Can Help You Register 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.

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

  • Send a staff list to election officials in advance.
    Using this form, send the county auditor a list of employees who might vouch for residents. Submit it 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, send the list with your staff to the polling place.
    Prepare a list on your letterhead of staff who are vouching for residents. Instruct your staff to 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 M.S. 201.061, subd. 3, para.(c).”
  • Or, instruct staff to bring an employee identification badge to the polling place.
    Staff can show it to an election judge as proof of employment.
Last updated: 9/4/2014 3:51:39 PM