For Candidates

How Do I Run?

Are you thinking of running for School Trustee? Find out what you need to know to run.

Step 1: Check Eligibility Requirements
All candidates must be eligible to vote in the election and must be:

  • at least 18 years old,
  • a Canadian citizen,
  • be a resident of the ward for the six consecutive months immediately preceding nomination day;
  • not otherwise ineligible or disqualified.


Review the Qualifications, Ineligibility and Disqualification –  School Trustees

Candidates are subject to further requirements outlined in the Local Authorities Election Act and School Trustee candidates have additional requirements under the Education Act. Candidates are advised to refer to the Local Authorities Election Act and Education Act and, if required, obtain legal advice regarding the full extent of their obligations.

Step 2: Learn About Being a School Trustee
Familiarize yourself with being a school trustee.

Learn about Our Work, Guiding Principles and Division Advocacy.

Step 3: Complete Documentation
All candidates are required to complete the following forms and submit to the Returning Officer before 12 noon on Nomination Day (September 20, 2021):

Form 4 - Nomination Paper and Candidate’s Acceptance
Persons signing a candidate’s nomination paper must be eligible elector and the forms must include original hand-written signatures. Digital signatures are not accepted. It is advisable to have more than the minimum required number of electors sign the form in case one or more signatures are not eligible to nominate. This form must be signed by a Commissioner of Oaths or Notary Public for Alberta or Returning Officer or delegate. Returning Officer or delegate are available in person, by appointment only. If required, contact us to schedule an appointment. For a list of forms, visit Resources.

Form 5 - Candidate Information
Form 5 - Candidate Information must be filed and should include campaign banking information, if available. Do not use personal banking information. For a list of forms, visit Resources.

Optional: Biography
Candidate biographies are optional; however, a biography does provide the voters the reason why you are running for office, what you hope to accomplish when in office and the qualities that make you the best candidate.

A form will be provided to all candidates to collect their candidate profile. You may prepare the following information in advance:

  • Biography / About me (200 word maximum)
  • Platform description / Top priorities (200 maximum)
  • Website address
  • Social media accounts links
  • Contact information (e.g. campaign email and telephone number) Candidates will be contacted in 2021 to submit their candidate profile for publishing here

Step 6: File your Nomination Papers
A person may file a nomination to become a candidate for a general election, within the period beginning on January 1 in a year in which a general election is to be held and ending at 12 noon on nomination day. Nominations for a candidate for the office of Trustee must be in person at:

The Sturgeon Public School Division
Frank Robinson Education Centre
9820-104 Street
Morinville, AB  T8R 1L8

Due to COVID restrictions, appointments to receive applications must be made in advance with Liliana LeVesconte, Returning Officer, by contacting 780-939-4341 or by email at
liliana.levesconte@sturgeon.ab.ca
Upon arrival to our building, please follow the COVID protocols we have in place:

  • Appointments are necessary to meet with the Returning Officer;
  • Daily Screening Checklist should be completed prior to entering the building;
  • Sign in (QR code or front reception);
  • Masks must be worn at all times; and
  • Sanitizer is available and encouraged to be used throughout the building. 

Step 7: Pay the Deposit
Every nomination for a candidate for the office of Trustee must be accompanied by a deposit of $25.00 by cash, certified cheque or money order payable to The Sturgeon Public School Division.  

The Returning Officer accepts the deposit, which can only be made in cash, certified cheque or money order, at the time the nomination papers are filed. The candidate will receive the deposit back if they:

  • are elected;
  • obtain at least half the number of votes as the candidate elected to office who had the least number of votes; or
  • withdraw as a candidate in accordance with section 32.

If the candidate dies before the voting stations close on election day, the candidate's deposit is returned to their estate. 

Withdrawing
A person nominated as a candidate may withdraw their nomination any time during the nomination period in accordance with section 32 of the Local Authorities Election Act, subject to the following:

(1) the person withdrawing their nomination must provide their withdrawal in writing to the Returning Officer;

(2) the withdrawal must include the person's name and the office for which they were nominated, and the withdrawal must be signed and dated by the person; and

(3) the person's withdrawal is effective on the date written notice is received by the Returning Officer in accordance with section 32(3) of this bylaw. 

Election Forms for Candidates

In order to become a candidate in the 2021 election, you must file your nomination forms with the Returning Officer during the nomination period. 

Nomination period starts on (January 1, 2021) and ends at 12 noon on Nomination Day (September 20, 2021).

Resources for School Trustees

Want to know what's involved in the role of School Trustee?

Resources included but are not limited to:

Important Dates for Candidates

Potential Candidates Information Session

Sessions are designed to inform potential candidates of the basic election processes, steps to become a candidate and to provide an overview of candidacy requirements.

The dates will be announced at a later date.

Nominations

A person may file a nomination to become a candidate for a general election within the period beginning on January 1 in a year in which a general election is to be held and ending at 12 noon on nomination day (September 20, 2021).

Visit Nominations and How Do I Run? for more information.

Election Forums

A forum is an opportunity for candidates to reach out to the public. Forums can take a couple of different shapes:

  • It may involve candidates being asked to present their platforms.
  • It may be a question/answer format where members of the public can ask questions to the candidates.

Forums are hosted by business/special interest groups and are not part of the legislated election process. The school division is not involved in coordinating these events.

Visit Election Forums for more information.

Nominations

Nominations for School Trustees will be accepted by the Returning Officer.

In past elections, the Returning Officer was only able to accept nominations on Nomination Day. Following changes to the Local Authorities Election Act, nominations can now be accepted during business hours in the nomination period starting January 1, 2021, until 12 noon on Nomination Day (Monday, September 20, 2021).

A person may file a nomination to become a candidate for a general election, within the period beginning on January 1 in a year in which a general election is to be held and ending at 12 noon on nomination day. Nominations for a candidate for the office of Trustee must be in person at:

The Sturgeon Public School Division
Frank Robinson Education Centre
9820-104 Street
Morinville, AB  T8R 1L8

Due to COVID restrictions, appointments to receive applications must be made in advance with Liliana LeVesconte, Returning Officer, by contacting 780-939-4341 or by email at
liliana.levesconte@sturgeon.ab.ca
Upon arrival to our building, please follow the COVID protocols we have in place:

  • Appointments are necessary to meet with the Returning Officer;
  • Daily Screening Checklist should be completed prior to entering the building;
  • Sign in (QR code or front reception);
  • Masks must be worn at all times; and
  • Sanitizer is available and encouraged to be used throughout the building. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you allowed to campaign inside, outside or near a voting station on Election Day?

No. Campaigning is not allowed inside, outside or near a voting station. For more information see section 152 of the Local Authorities Election Act.

Can I challenge the validity of the election, a candidate or the process?

Yes. If you have concerns, contact us for information on the steps you will need to take.

Who can ask for a recount?

A recount may be made if the Returning Officer is shown reasonable grounds by a candidate, official agent or a scrutineer that the count of votes is inaccurate. The Returning Officer may also consider a recount based on the number of rejected ballots, valid ballots objected to, or any administrative or technical errors. For more information on recount, see Local Authorities Election Act.

What happens if there is a tie?

If a count results in a tie, the Returning Officer will write the names of those candidates in the tie on separate pieces of paper and will “draw a name from a hat”. The name on the paper pulled from the hat is conserved to receive one more vote. For more information see section 99 of the  Local Authorities Election Act.

Can I take a picture or video of the ballot, either with or without any markings?

No. Under section 148(5) of the Local Authorities Election Act, you are not allowed to distribute or share any form or ballot printed by the Returning Officer. As well, under section 55 of the Act, a vote is secret and it is an offence for you to show your ballot to anyone in order for you to share how you voted.

When and where can I put up election signs in the community?

Election signs can go up on private property at anytime. Each municipality may have a bylaw outlining the specific time frames and rules with respect to the Election Signage Bylaw. More information about Election signs available at Alberta Election Signs https://www.alberta.ca/election- signs.aspx#jumplinks-1. Be sure to ask permission before putting signs on private land and call Alberta One Call at 1-800-242-3447 before you dig.

Election signs on public property can go up between Nomination Day and Election Day and must be removed within the 48 hours after Election Day.