Voting Residence Laws

VOTING RESIDENCE LAWS

From Minnesota Statute 200.031:

 

Residence shall be determined in accordance with  the following principles, so far as they may be appli­cable to the facts of the case:

 

  The residence of an individual is in the precinct  where the individual's  home is located, from  which the individual  has no present intention of moving, and to which, whenever  the individual  is absent, the individual intends to return; 

   An individual does not lose residence if the individual leaves home to live temporarily in another state or precinct; 

 

  An individual does not acquire a residence in any precinct ofthis state if the individual is living there only temporarily, without the intention of making that precinct home;

  If an individual  goes into  another  state or precinct  with  the intention of making it home or files an affidavit  of residence there  for election purposes, the individual  loses residence in the former pre-

cinct;

  If an individual moves to another  state with the intention of living there for an indefinite period,the individual loses residence in this state, notwithstanding any intention to return  at some indefinite

future time;

  Except as otherwise provided in this section,an individual's residence is located in the precinct where the individual's  family lives, unless the individual's family is living in that precinct only temporarily;

   If an individual's family lives in one precinct and the individual lives or does business in another,the individual's residence is located in the precinct where the individual's  family lives,unless the individ-

ual establishes a home in the other precinct  and intends to remain there, with  or without the indi­

vidual's family;

  The residence of a single individual is in the precinct  where the individual  lives and usually sleeps;

  The mere intention to acquire a new residence, is not sufficient to acquire a new residence, unless

the individual  moves to that  location; moving  to a new location  is not sufficient  to acquire a new

residence unless the individual  intends to remain there;

   The residence of an individual who is working temporarily in any precinct of this state is in the pre­

cinct where the individual's  permanent  home is located;

   The residence of an individual who is living permanently in a soldiers' home or nursing home is in the precinct  where the home is located;

   If an individual's  home lies in more than one precinct  or political subdivision, the residence of the individual is in the precinct  in which a majority of the room in which the individual usually sleeps is

located;

   If an individual's home is destroyed or rendered uninhabitable by fire or natural disaster,the individ­

ual does not lose residence in the precinct  where the home is located  if the individual intends  to

return to the home when it is reconstructed or made habitable.

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