Voting Opportunities

Voter Eligibility

Eligibility: LAEA s.47

Voting Opportunities - A

A person is eligible to vote in a municipal election if the person:
 - is at least 18 years of age;
 - is a Canadian Citizen; and
 - resides in Alberta and the person’s place of residence is located in the local jurisdiction on election day.

Rules of Residence: LAEA s.48 

Residence is governed by the following rules:

  • A person may be a resident of only one place at a time for the purposes of voting.
  • If a person has more than one residence in Alberta, they must designate one place of residence as their permanent residence.
  • A residence is the place where the person lives and sleeps and where they intend to return following an absence.
  • A person does not lose the person’s residence by leaving the person’s home for
    a temporary purpose.

A student who attends an educational institution within or outside of Alberta, temporarily rents accommodation for the purpose of attending an education institution, and has family members who are resident in Alberta and the student resides with them when not attending an education institution, are deemed to reside with those family members.

A person will lose their place of residence if they leave without the intention of returning to their residence within the area.

To help to determine a person’s place of residence, the following can be used in
order of priority:

  • the address shown on the person’s driver’s license issued on behalf of the
    Government of Alberta or an identification card issued on behalf of the
    Government of Alberta;
  • the address to which the person’s income tax correspondence is addressed and
    delivered; or
  • the address to which the person’s mail is addressed and delivered.

Proof of Elector Eligibility: LAEA s.53 

Every person who arrives and attends a voting station must be permitted to vote if:

  • the person’s name appears on the list of electors (if applicable), or
  • the person
    - makes a statement in the presence of an officer at the voting station, in the
    prescribed form (Form 13 – Voting Register); and
    - produces for inspection proof of identity and current residence, and where a
    bylaw has been passed under section 53.01, age.

Identification that will be accepted includes the following:

  • by producing the number and types of identification required by a bylaw passed
    under section 53.01, or
  • by producing one of the following:
    - one piece of identification issued by a Canadian Government (federal, provincial or local), or an agency of that government, that contains a photograph of the elector and his/her name and the address of the person’s residence;
    - one piece of identification authorized by the Chief Electoral Office under the
    Alberta Election Act that establishes the elector’s name and current address.
    If a voter’s identification shows a post office box number as the address instead of a
    residential or legal address, it can be accepted as verification of current address if it
    is in reasonable distance to the voting jurisdiction.

Vouching: LAEA s.53(4) – s.53(8)

If a voter does not have acceptable identification, but is accompanied by another voter who is entitled to vote at the same polling place and has the appropriate identification, the voter can be vouched for by that individual using the prescribed form (Form 14 – Statement of Voucher – available on Alberta.ca). The statement sets out that:

  • the elector knows the person;
  • the elector knows the person resides at the address indicated in the person’s
    statement; and
  • the elector has not been vouched for.

A voter with acceptable identification may only vouch for more than one person if
every person the elector vouches for shares the same place of residence.

Scrutineers are prohibited from vouching.

Elector Assistance: LAEA s.78 

At the request of an elector who is unable to vote in the usual manner, the deputy
returning officer must mark the vote of the elector on the elector’s ballot in the
manner directed by the elector and must immediately deposit the ballot in the ballot
box.

The deputy must ensure that prior to marking the elector’s ballot, the elector has completed the prescribed statement (Form 17 – Statement of Interpreter, Elector who is Unable to Vote in the Usual Manner, Friend or Relative of elector who is unable to Vote in the Usual Manner - available at Alberta.ca).

In the event that the elector is accompanied by a friend or relative who is at least 18
years of age, the deputy must permit that friend or relative to make the prescribed statement (Form 17 - Statement of Interpreter, Elector who is Unable to Vote in the Usual Manner, Friend or Relative of elector who is unable to Vote in the Usual Manner - available at Alberta.ca). The friend or relative can then accompany the elector into the voting compartment and assist with marking the elector’s ballot. Upon marking of the ballot, the ballot must then be delivered by the elector or the friend or relative, to the deputy returning officer responsible for the ballot box, and be deposited into the ballot box.

If an elector is blind and is not accompanied by a friend or relative, the elector may
request, no later than June 30 in the year of a general election, a blind voter template and instructions on the use of the template. If a request has been made, a municipality must pass a bylaw setting out the template (a municipality may choose to pass a bylaw even if no request has been made).

If an elector is unable to physically enter the voting compartment, the deputy
returning officer may set up a voting compartment for the elector elsewhere in the
voting station that the elector is able to attend.

 

Senate Election and Referendum Vote

Application of Voting Opportunities to Senate Election and Referendum Vote

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ASEA – Alberta Senate Election Act
RA – Referendum Act
RGR – Referendum General Regulation

ASEA s.37 | RA s.7

At each of the voting opportunities provided by the local authority for electors, the senate election and referendum ballots must also be provided.

In conducting the election, the Local Authorities Election Act (LAEA), as well as any related bylaws and resolutions passed by the municipality also apply to these votes.

LAEA, s.11

At a minimum, all jurisdictions must provide for voting on Monday, October 18, 2021,
from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Voting Opportunities for Acclaimed Jurisdictions

ASEA s.38 | RA s.8

As the senate election and referendum vote are provincial in nature, all electors in the
province must be provided with a voting opportunity. This means jurisdictions and
wards that are acclaimed municipally, must still hold the senate election and
referendum vote.

Ballots
Elections Alberta provides two types of ballots that may be used for the senate
election and referendum vote:

  • a write-in special ballot and
  • a regular ballot.

The write-in ballot is to be used by municipalities that are providing a special ballot process that commences before the regular ballots are printed.

The regular ballot is to be used in all other voting opportunities – advance vote, institutional voting and on Election Day.

Blind Elector Template: LAEA s.78
For the regular ballots provided by Elections Alberta, a blind elector template is also
available for municipalities that have passed a resolution or received a request to use
one. Each template is specific to the ballot, so a separate template is provided for each of the senate election and referendum ballots. Templates are not provided for tabulator ballots.

Each template includes printed instructions on its face to direct deputy returning officers in its use.

Each template will be coloured to match the applicable ballot.

Blind elector templates will be printed once nominations are closed so that they match
the ballot style and number of candidates on the ballot. As such, municipalities
ordering these templates should not expect to receive them until early October.

Required Poster for Polling Places: LAEA s.77.1 – 77.3

ASEA s.45 | RGR s.20
All polling places are required to have a “Voting Instructions and Secrecy of Voting”
poster visible to electors.

The poster provides direction to electors on how to mark their senate election and
referendum ballots. 
The poster will be printed once the order is issued and the number of senate
nominees and referendum questions are known. Municipalities will receive their
shipments of posters in early October.