Skip to page body Home About Community Living Doing Business Browse by Topic I Want to... Your Government

Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State

Voters Who Fear for Their Safety

Names and addresses of persons who register or vote is public information. However, a voter who fears that someone will harm them or their family might not want their information to be public information. There are several ways a voter can register and vote without making their name and address public.

  • A voter can ask to keep their information private by sending a Request to Withhold Voter Information from Public Information to their county election office. Their name and address will still appear on the list of voters at the polling place on Election Day, but will not be available to members of the public.
  • As an additional safety measure, a voter send a Request to Inactivate Voter Record to their county election official. This will prevent election officials from seeing the information in the private database of voters, unless they are specifically looking for that voter’s record. Once a voter inactivates their record, they must re-register before voting again.
  • If a voter registers on Election Day, they can ask to keep their information private and inactivate their record in one step. They need to bring copies of both the above letters to attach to their registration application. Their information will be entered in the state’s voter database after the election only as long as needed to verify the voter’s address, but will be marked as private from its entry. To verify the address, a county election official will send a postcard to ensure it can be delivered to the address. When it is determined the postcard has been delivered to the address, the election official will inactivate the record.

Safe at Home Address Confidentiality Program
If a voter fears for their safety, the Safe at Home Address Confidentiality Program can help. With this program, all mail for the individual (and family members who reside with them, if desired) is sent through the Office of the Secretary of State and forwarded to them. This helps to keep their location confidential from those who may attempt to harm them. Safe at Home participants can vote without making their information public.

Last updated: 1/27/2014 10:32:27 AM