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Voting from 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

Voters who live in a residential facility may have facility staff help them to register on Election Day at the polling place (see below).

Voters who live in a nursing home, an assisted-living facility, residential treatment center, group home or battered women's shelter may ask someone to pick up an absentee ballot for them.

Vouching Guidelines for Residential Facility Employees
Voters who register on Election Day must provide proof-of-residence. Voters in a residential facility can ask a staff person to accompany them on Election Day to ‘vouch’ for them at the polling place. Vouching is when a staff person swears that they personally know the voter lives in the facility.

  • Employees can vouch for an unlimited number of residents. The employee must be eligible to vote in Minnesota, but does not have to be registered.
  • The facility should create a list of any employees who might help residents from their facility vote on Election Day. The facility should send the list to the county election office of the county where the facility is located at least 20 days before Election Day. If there are multiple buildings in different precincts, the facility should provide an employee list for each building. Employees can be listed under any building where they work and can be on more than one list.
  • The facility should submit the list using this form, or by sending the list on company letterhead to the county election office. If sending on letterhead, the letter must be signed and dated, and include the facility’s name, address, and name and title of the person sending the letter. The letter should use this language: “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).”
  • An employee not on the list can still vouch for residents if they can show that they work at the residential facility. The employee can show an employee ID badge or bring a certification of their employment signed by the facility’s manager on the facility’s letterhead.
Last updated: 2/28/2014 2:59:21 PM