Tenant Notification of Voter Registration (TNVR)
Effective March 1, 2016, property owners and managers in the city of Minneapolis will be required to provide all new tenants with information about how to register to vote at the time they move in. This requirement was enacted by an ordinance passed by the City Council in September of 2015, which added the following language to the required duties of licensees found in Section 244.2000 of Title 12 if 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 managers of the ordinance change was sent out in January, and was followed up by a second mailing with hard 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.
Getting additional materials
Additional copies of printed materials can be requested and will be provided by Elections & Voter Services at no cost to property owners and managers. Materials include a Voter Registration Application and an accompanying information sheet that will be updated each election year.
Request additional materials online, or call 311 (outside of Minneapolis, dial 612-673-3000).
Electronic documents for sharing or downloading:
Information packet 2016 - English (pdf)
Information packet 2016 - Spanish (pdf)
Information packet 2016 - Hmong (pdf)
Information packet 2016 - Somali (pdf)
Frequently asked questions about tnvr
Why is the City doing this?
- Voter registration is the necessary first step to participating in elections.
- Registration stands as one of the biggest barriers to participation, and disproportionately negatively impacts young and first time voters, highly mobile voters (including students and military families), lower income voters, and voters of color.
- Voters must update their registration every time they move.
- More than 50 percent of Minneapolis residents are renters, with a higher rate of mobility than homeowners.
- Including information about registering to vote in the information provided to tenants when moving into a property is a low cost, high impact mechanism to target voters who will need to register or update a registration.
- More voters pre-registered will mean shorter lines for everyone in polling places on Election Day.
What is required of property owners or managers?
- Beginning March 1, a property owner or manager will be required to provide voter registration information - consisting of an information sheet and a voter registration application - to new tenants at the time they first move in to a property.
- This requirement does not apply to existing tenants, only new tenants moving in on or after March 1, 2016.
- All materials are being provided at no cost to property owners and managers by Elections & Voter Services, and will be available in both hard copy and electronic versions.
- A sample of the materials has been sent to every registered property manager the week of Feb. 15, along with instructions for how to request additional free materials.
- The goal is to make this process as easy as possible for property owners by providing all required information in a choice of formats and at no cost.
- The required information is also available in Hmong, Somali, and Spanish at this time.