Who can Vote?

As you campaign, you may be asked, "Can I vote?" or "I've never voted, what do I do?" Here are the basic guidelines for voting.

To be eligible to vote, you must:

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • be a Canadian Citizen
  • be a resident in Alberta for the six consecutive months immediately preceding election day and the person's place of residence* is located in the area on election day

You will be required to sign a statement confirming your qualifications to vote have been met. Identification may be required. Check with the returning officer or the local jurisdiction.

* Residence is the place where you live, sleep, and the place to which you intend to return after an absence, not where you work. If you have more than one residence in Alberta, you may in accordance with subsection (1.1) designate one place at a time for the purposes of voting.

The basic proof of identity and current residence requirement set out in Section 53 can be satisfied by:

  • identification issued by a Canadian government (federal, provincial, or local) which contains a photograph of the elector and their name and address; or
  • identification authorized by the Chief Electoral Officer under the Election Act to establish an elector's name and current address; or
  • any additional types of identification documents that are stipulated by an elected authority through a bylaw passed at least six months in advance of the nomination day for a municipal election.

It is important that voters be advised of the identification requirements well in advance of the election so they can be adequately prepared with the appropriate documentation on election day.

S 48(1)(1.1) A person's place residence shall be designated in accordance with the following factors in the following order of priority:

  1. the address shown on the person's driver's licence or motor vehicle operator's licence issued by or on behalf of the Government of Alberta or an identification card issued by or on behalf of the Government of Alberta;
  2. the address to which the person's income tax correspondence is addressed and delivered;
  3. the address to which the person's mail is addressed and delivered.

Voting more than once is an offence under the Local Authorities Election Act. You may risk fines up to $10,000, imprisonment for as long as six months or both.

Summer Villages:

A person is entitled to vote in an election if:

  • the person is entitled to vote under section 47 of the Local Authorities Election Act
  • the person is 18, a Canadian Citizen In a summer village you must either meet the residence requirements or be a property owner (whose name is on the certificate of title), or
  • the person is 18, a Canadian citizen and is the spouse of a person or adult independent partner referred to in the previous point.
  • the person has resided in Alberta for the 6 consecutive months preceeding election day.
Where and When Can you Vote?

The 2017 municipal General Election will be held October 16, 2017. The term of office for local elected officials is four years. The normal time for the polls to be open is 10:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. Be sure and check with your municipal office or school division office to confirm the time the voting stations are open. Voting hours for summer villages is between the hours 10:00 A.M. and 7:00 P.M.

Advance Polls:
Each local authority can determine if they will hold an advance poll, the number and locations of the advance polls.

Anyone may vote at an advance poll.

Be sure to check with your municipality on the status of Advance Polls.

Special Services:
Check with the returning officer or local jurisdiction for information on Voters with special needs such as:
  • Seniors' accommodation facilities and extended care centres
  • Patients in hospitals
  • At-home voting
  • Mail-in ballots
  • Blind and visually impaired electors
Assistance Marking the Ballot:
  • On election day, voters who have difficulty marking the ballot or who cannot read English may get help from a friend or the presiding deputy at the voting station.
  • If a friend provides assistance, both the voter and the assistant must make statements before the presiding deputy
  • If the presiding deputy provides assistance, the voter must complete the Statement of Incapacitated Elector
Voting Time for Employees:

While the voting stations are open on election day, an employee who is an elector shall have three consecutive hours in which to cast his or her vote.

Voters Lists:

Alberta municipalities are not required to have voters lists. Voters must complete a form called a voting register before being allowed to vote. The voting register is a statement on which voters give their name, address, school board support and confirm that they meet all the voting eligibility requirements.

The election worker will record on this form the type of ballots given to the voter i.e. mayor or reeve, council, school board, bylaw question. Voters whose forms are incomplete are not permitted to vote.

If a candidate or their agent objects to the person who is completing the voting register because they feel that person is not eligible to vote, this objection is noted on the voting register. This person is still allowed to vote.