If you own rental property in Minneapolis, a new requirement to be aware of will be going into effect March 1, 2016. As of that date, property owners in the city will be required to provide all new tenants with information about how to register to vote at the time they move in. This is the result of an ordinance passed by the City Council last September, which added the following language to the required duties of licensees found in Section 244.2000 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances:
(f) Beginning March 1, 2016, and continuing thereafter, the owner of any dwelling which is required to be licensed by this chapter shall provide information about how a voter may register in the State of Minnesota, in a manner approved by the City, to all tenants aged eighteen (18) or older at the time of first occupancy.
An initial letter informing all licensed property owners of the ordinance change was sent out in January, and was followed up by a second mailing with printed copies of the required information the second week of February. This includes a voter registration application and an accompanying informational sheet to provide to all new tenants. These materials can be provided to tenants in either printed copy or as electronic documents. The electronic documents are posted on this website and available for sharing or downloading, in English, Hmong, Somali, and Spanish. Additional printed copies of materials can also be requested and will be provided by Elections & Voter Services at no cost to property owners and managers.
Providing information about registering to vote has a low threshold of burden on the owners of rental property, and offers a significant return in ensuring access to information about a key process affecting city residents at a point in time when it is highly relevant to those residents. Property owners and managers can expect the initial materials being mailed to them to arrive by mid-February, and they are also be posted on this site for access and downloading as well.
Elections & Voter Services
City Hall, 350 S. 5th St., Room 201
Minneapolis, MN 55415