Voter Information

The Town of Westlock residents will elect 6 Councillors to serve a four-year term at the next general election scheduled to take place on Monday, October 16, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Westlock Community Hall located at 10711 - 104 Avenue, Westlock, Alberta.

 

Advance Vote

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. at the Westlock Heritage Building located at 10007 - 100 Avenue, Westlock, Alberta.

All electors are eligible to vote at the advance voting opportunity.


Institutional Vote

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:

Institutional voting will be held on Monday, October 16, 2017 -  Election Day.

 

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:

 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).

 

Voter Identification

 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:

 

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 student who:

  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.


Interpreter and/or Incapacitated Elector

 
If a voter does not understand the English language, an interpreter may translate the "Instructions for Electors" as well as respond to questions from the voter that are necessary for the purposes of the election.  Before acting as an interpreter, it is required that the person make a statement in the prescribed form.  This is the Statement of Interpreter, Incapacitated Elector, Friend of Incapacitated Elector, prescribed Form 11, LGS0761(2013/04).

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.


Important Principles of Voting

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.