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Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State

Voters Who Fear for Their Safety

The names and addresses of people who register or vote is public information. However, if you fear that someone will harm you or your family, you might not want your information to be public. There are several ways you can register and vote without making your name and address public.

  • You can ask to keep your information private by sending a Request to Withhold Voter Information from Public Information to your county election office. Your 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, you can send a Request to Inactivate Voter Record to your county election official. This will prevent election officials from seeing the information in the private database of voters, unless they are specifically looking for your voter record. Once you inactivate your record, you must re-register before voting again.
  • If you register on Election Day, you can ask to keep your information private and inactivate your record in one step. Bring copies of both the above letters to attach to your registration application. Your information will be entered in the state‚Äôs voter database after the election only as long as needed to verify your voting 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 you fear for your safety, the Safe at Home Address Confidentiality Program can help. With this program, all your mail (and family members who reside with you, if desired) is sent through the Office of the Secretary of State and forwarded to you. This helps to keep your location confidential from those who may attempt to harm you. Safe at Home participants can vote without making their information public.

Last updated: 6/17/2014 4:33:24 PM