- Who is Eligible to Vote?
- Voter Identification
- Rules of Residence
- Eligibility to Vote for School Trustee
- Advance Vote
- Institutional Vote
- Important Principles of Voting
Who is eligible to vote?
Local Authorities Election Act, Section 47 and 53
Anyone is eligible to vote in this election if he or she:
- is at least 18 years old;
- is a Canadian citizen;
- has resided in Alberta for the 6 consecutive months immediately preceding Election Day (which means they must have resided in Alberta since April 16, 2017);
- the person’s place of residence is located in the area on Election Day; and
- has not voted before in the election on October 16, 2017.
Note: Voters must vote at the voting station for the voting subdivision in which they reside (exceptions: where a voting station is located at a work site; advance vote; incapacitated elector voting at home; institutional vote, and those election officials who have been provided a certificate).
Local Authorities Election Act, Section 53(1)
Every person who attends at a voting station for the purpose of voting MUST produce for inspection the following proof of the person’s identity and current residence:
a) one piece of identification issued by a Canadian government, whether federal, provincial or local, or an agency of that government, that contains a photograph of the elector and his or her name and current address. Examples of appropriate ID include:
i. operator/driver’s license;
ii. government photo identification card (for non-drivers);
iii. Canadian passport; or
b) one piece of identification authorized by the Chief Electoral Officer under the Election Act for the purposes of section 95(1)(a)(ii) of that Act that establishes the elector's name and current address. Examples of appropriate ID include:
i. utility bill, e.g. telephone, public utilities commission, television, hydro, gas or water;
ii. bank/credit card statement or personal cheque;
iii. correspondence issued by a school, college or university;
iv. government cheque or cheque stub;
v. income/property tax assessment notice;
vi. insurance policy or coverage card;
vii. pension plan statement of benefits, contributions or participation; or
viii. one of the following, issued by the responsible authority of a shelter or soup kitchen:
- attestation of residence;
- letter of stay;
- admission form; or
- statement of benefits
Rules of Residence
Local Authorities Election Act, Section 48
A person’s place of residence for this Act is governed by the following rules:
- a person may have only one place of residence;
- a person’s residence is the place where they live and sleep and to which, when they are absent, they intend to return;
- a person does not lose their residence by leaving home for a temporary purpose;
- if a voter has more than one residence, it is determined by the following factors, and order of priority:
- the address shown on the person’s driver license or motor vehicle operator’s license issued by or on behalf of the Government of Alberta or an identification card issued by or 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.
A student who:
- attends an educational institution within or outside Alberta;
- temporarily rents accommodation while attending an educational institution; and
- has family members who are resident in Alberta and with whom the student resides when not attending an educational institution,
is deemed to reside with those family members.
Eligibility to Vote for School Trustee
School Act, Section 44 (4); Local Authorities Election Act, Section 47, 53, 59, 78
On the Voting Register, prescribed Form 8, LGS0758 (2013/04) there is a Statement of Elector Eligibility.
In jurisdictions where there are two school districts, in order to receive a ballot for school board trustee, a voter is required to check one of two boxes: A Public School Trustee or A Separate School Trustee.
It is important for a voter to understand:
- you are entitled to only one ballot for school board trustee; and
- your choice of ballot is based on faith – if you are of the same faith as those who established the separate school district, you will choose a separate school ballot; if you are not of that faith, you will choose a public school ballot.
Council for the Town of Westlock, at their Regular Meeting held on Monday, May 8, 2017, passed Resolution No. 2017-0123 to hold an advance vote for the local authority’s elections on Thursday, October 5, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Council Chambers.
All electors are eligible to vote at the advance voting opportunity.
Local Authorities Election Act, Sections 80, 81, 82
Provision has been made for institutional voting stations for residents or patients only at the following facilities:
- Pembina Lodge
- Smithfield Lodge
- Westlock Healthcare Centre
- Westlock Continuing Care Centre
If a voter is unable to read or is incapacitated so that they are not able to mark their ballot, they may request assistance. This assistance may be provided by a Deputy Returning Officer or a friend. The incapacitated elector must verbally make the prescribed statement which is the Statement of Interpreter, Incapacitated Elector, Friend of Incapacitated Elector, prescribed Form 11. The friend of the incapacitated elector is also required to make the Statement of Interpreter, Incapacitated Elector, Friend of Incapacitated Elector, prescribed Form 11.
Local Authorities Election Act, Section 55, 56, 57
Voting is by secret ballot.
Except as permitted in the case of an incapacitated elector, no other person shall be in the voting compartment with the elector.
Except as permitted in the case of an incapacitated elector, no person shall be in a position where he/she is able to see how the elector marks the ballot.
It is an offence for an elector to show his ballot so another person can see how he/she voted, except as permitted in the case of an incapacitated elector.
No person shall be required to reveal how he/she has voted.
An elector may not vote for more than the number of persons to be elected to an office.
If applicable, an elector may vote once on each bylaw or question.
An elector may vote only once in an election.