Residents who are involved in mortgage foreclosure proceedings can still vote, says Hennepin County Taxpayer Services Director Jill Alverson.
“You cannot be denied the right to vote simply because you are in foreclosure,” says Alverson, whose department oversees county elections and efforts by the county to assist and inform residents going through foreclosure.
“The fact that a home may be in foreclosure is not sufficient evidence that the owner no longer lives there,” says Alverson. “The foreclosure process is often a long, drawn-out process, sometimes lasting more than eight months and even longer if the owner pursues legal action. The owner may continue to live in the home and still has rights to the property for some time during foreclosure – including the right to live in the home for at least six months after a sheriff’s sale. So as long as you’re living in your house, you can claim it as your residence, even if a foreclosure is in process.”