Minnesota Secretary Of State - Voting from a nursing home or hospital
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Voting from a nursing home or hospital

Local election officials send teams of election judges (poll workers) to nursing homes and hospitals during the 35 days before the election. Election judges can provide applications and issue ballots to eligible residents of the facility, give help if needed, and will return the voted ballots to the local election official.

The election judges provide ballots only to voters who live in the city or town where the hospital is located. If you live in a different town, you will need to apply for an absentee ballot on your own. In addition, you may be eligible to have someone pick up and deliver a ballot to you. This is called 'agent delivery.'  Read more about agent delivery

To qualify for agent delivery, you must live in a:
  • nursing home
  • assisted living facility
  • residential treatment center
  • group home
  • battered women's shelter
  • or, be hospitalized or unable to go to the polling place due to incapacitating health reasons or a disability.

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. The agent must show identification with their name and signature when returning a ballot.

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 8 p.m. on Election Day. Your agent or someone else you designate must return your ballot by 8 p.m. on Election Day. You can also return your ballot by mail. Election officials must receive your ballot on or before Election Day.