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Information for Voters

Election Day is Monday, October 18, 2021. Find out what it takes to vote including the identification you'll need to bring and who can vote.

Voter Information and Requirements

Who is Eligible to Vote

You are eligible to vote if you:

  • are at least 18 years old;
  • are a Canadian citizen; and
  • your place of residence is located in the local jurisdiction where you are voting on election day.

Remember to bring identification that shows both your name and current address. See the list of Voter Identification Requirements.

Voter Identification Requirements

In order to vote, you must prove your identity and address. There are three ways to do this:

  1. Show government issued identification that shows both your name and current address;

  2. Show two pieces of identification where both pieces of identification must establish the voter’s current address; or

  3. Have someone who knows you vouch for you.

Not sure if you have the right identification? Review the Authorized Identification to confirm.

Authorized Identification

  1. Any of the following documents that has the voter’s name and address on it will be accepted as valid proof.

  2. 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 their name and current address.
  • Bank or credit card statement or personal cheque.
  • Government cheque or cheque stub.
  • Income or property tax assessment notice.
  • Insurance policy or coverage card.
  • Letter from a public curator, public guardian or public trustee.
  • Pension plan statement of benefits, contributions or participation.
  • Residential lease or mortgage statement.
  • Statement of government benefits (for example, employment insurance, old-age security, social assistance, disability support or child tax benefit).
  • Utility bill (for example, telephone, public utilities commission, television, hydro, gas or water).
  • Vehicle ownership, registration or insurance certificate.
  1. A letter or form (attestation) confirming that the person lives at the stated address will also be accepted as valid proof. The letter can be signed prior to the vote by any of the following:
  • authorized representative of a commercial property management company;
  • authorized representative of a correctional institution;
  • authorized representative of a First Nations band or reserve;
  • authorized representative of a postsecondary institution;
  • authorized representative of a facility that provides services to the homeless; or
  • authorized representative of a supportive living facility or treatment centre.
  • authorized representative of a Hutterite Colony
  1. 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. The address does not have to be in the voting division or ward.

  2. ID must be presented in their original format.

How Can I Vote?

Special Ballots

You may apply for a Special Ballot, starting (date), if you are unable to vote at an advance vote or at the voting station on Election Day because:

  • of a physical disability;
  • you are absent from the local jurisdiction; or
  • you are an Election Officer.

If you are issued a Special Ballot, it must be received by the Returning Officer no later than 4:30 p.m. on Monday, October 18, 2021.

Advance Voting

You can still vote even if you cannot make it to your voting station on Election Day. Advance voting is when you cast your ballot before Election Day. 

Elector Assistance

If a voter is unable to vote in the usual manner or requires assistance at any time, please speak to an election worker at the voting station.

Election Day

Voting stations are open from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Election Day (Monday, October 18, 2021).

Who's Running?

Who's Running?

Candidate information will be available after Nomination Day, September 20, 2021, or anytime before Nomination Day, by making an appointment with the Secretary Treasurer. 

 

Ward Locations & Voting Stations

Ward Locations:

Voting Stations

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Voting time for employees

Voting Time for Employees

According to section 58(I) of the Local Authorities Election Act, any employee who is eligible to vote has the right to three consecutive hours for voting while their voting station is open.

(1)     An employee who is an elector shall, while the voting stations are open on election day, have 3 consecutive hours for the purpose of casting the employee’s vote.

(2)        If the hours of the employee’s employment do not allow for 3 consecutive hours, the employee’s employer shall allow the employee any additional time for voting that is necessary to provide the employee the 3 consecutive hours, but the additional time for voting if to be granted at the convenience of the employer.

(3)        No employer shall make any deduction from the pay of an employee nor impose on the employee or exact from the employee any penalty by reason of the employee’s absence from the employee’s work during the 3 consecutive hours or part of it.

(4)        Subsections (1), (2) and (3) do not apply if the employer provides for the attendance of an employee who is an elector at a voting station while it is open during the hours of the employee’s employment with no deduction from the employee’s pay and without exacting any penalty.

 

Frequently Asked Questions for Voters

Do I need to be a Canadian citizen to vote in a municipal election?

Yes, you must be a Canadian citizen. You must also be:

  • At least 18 years old;
  • A resident of Alberta and your place of residence is located in the local jurisdiction where you are voting on election day.

To determine whether you are eligible to vote, see Who is Eligible to Vote

Do I need to show identification to vote?

In order to vote, you must prove your identity and address. There are three ways to do this:

  1. Show government issued identification that shows both your name and current address;

  2. Show two pieces of identification where both pieces of identification must establish the voter’s current address; or

  3. Have someone who knows you vouch for you.

See the list of Authorized Identification for the different types of acceptable ID.

I can’t make it to the voting station on Election Day. How else can I vote?

If you cannot make it to the polls on Election Day, there are other options for you to vote. Check out How Can I Vote? for more information.

If I rent and don’t own a home can I still vote?

Yes, if you rent your home you can still vote as long as you meet the eligibility to vote requirements of the Local Authorities Election Act.

Check out the Authorized Identification section for more information.

I put my special ballot package in the mail. How do I know if my vote was counted?

It is your responsibility to ensure that your Special Ballot is mailed or dropped off in advance of the special ballot deadline which is 4:30 p.m. on Monday, October 18, 2021.

When will the election results be official?

Section 97 of the Local Authorities Election Act provides that the Returning Officer may public unofficial results after the close of voting stations on election; however, election results will be made official at 12 p.m. on October 22, 2021.

Can I vote for both The Sturgeon Public School Division Trustee and Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools Trustee?

No, you cannot vote for both. You may vote for either The Sturgeon Public School Division Trustees or the Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools Trustees. The voter needs to determine which ballot they are eligible to receive based on the following:

Section 4(4) of the Education Act:
Where a separate school district is established, an individual residing within the boundaries of the separate school district who is of the same faith as those who establish that district, whether Protestant or Roman Catholic,

(a) is a resident of the separate school division responsible for operating the separate school district, and

(b) is not a resident of the public school division.

Section 74 of the Education Act:
74(1) In addition to section 48(1) and (1.1) of the Local Authorities Election Act, this section applies to determine whether an individual is a resident of a public school division or a separate school division for the purpose of determining eligibility to vote or to be nominated as a candidate for election as a trustee of a school board under the Local Authorities Election Act.

(2) Subject to subsection (3), for the purposes of a subsection (1), an individual is a resident of the school division in which the individual resides.

(3) Where a separate school district is established, an individual residing within the boundaries of a separate school district is a resident of the separate school division if the individual declares that the individual is of the same faith as those who established the separate school district, whether Protestant or Roman Catholic.

What time are the voting stations open on Election Day?

Voting stations are open from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday, October 18, 2021.

If you are not able to vote on Election Day, visit How Can I Vote? for more information.

How will the pandemic affect the election?

We are evaluating our standard election procedures to understand what additional measures may be required to ensure the safety of voters and election workers during a pandemic. While we don’t know how things will look in October 2021, we will ensure voting stations and procedures are safe for voters and election staff.

Bylaw for Voter Identification Requirements

According to legislation, Sturgeon Public Schools must pass a bylaw approving the provincial standard for voter identification. Prior to the first reading of the bylaw, Sturgeon Public Schools must make the proposed approved voter identification accessible for public comment. 

THE STURGEON PUBLIC SCHOOL DIVISION

BYLAW NO. 02-2021

A BYLAW TO ESTABLISH THE NUMBER AND TYPE OF VOTER IDENTIFICATION REQUIRED FOR THE 2021 GENERAL ELECTION


WHEREAS,
section 53 of the Local Authorities Election Act, an elected authority may by bylaw provide for the number and types of identification that are required to be produced by a person to verify the person’s name and current address for the purpose of determining whether the person is eligible to vote.

 

NOW THEREFORE, THE STURGEON PUBLIC SCHOOL DIVISION DULY ASSEMBLED, ENACTS AS FOLLOWS:

  1. This bylaw may be cited as the 2021 Election Bylaw.
  2. The purpose of this bylaw is to establish rules for Sturgeon Public School Division conducting elections held in accordance with the Local Authorities Election Act.
  3. Proof of identity and current residence is required to be able to vote in municipal elections.
  4. As set out in section 53 of the Local Authorities Election Act, this Bylaw shall take effect on the date this Bylaw is read. 
  5. Any of the following documents that has the voter’s name and address on it will be accepted as valid proof.
  6. 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 their name and current address.
  • Bank or credit card statement or personal cheque.
  • Government cheque or cheque stub.
  • Income or property tax assessment notice.
  • Insurance policy or coverage card.
  • Letter from a public curator, public guardian or public trustee.
  • Pension plan statement of benefits, contributions or participation.
  • Residential lease or mortgage statement.
  • Statement of government benefits (for example, employment insurance, old-age security, social assistance, disability support or child tax benefit).
  • Utility bill (for example, telephone, public utilities commission, television, hydro, gas or water).
  • Vehicle ownership, registration or insurance certificate.
  1. A letter or form (attestation) confirming that the person lives at the stated address will also be accepted as valid proof. The letter can be signed prior to the vote by any of the following:
  • authorized representative of a commercial property management company;
  • authorized representative of a correctional institution;
  • authorized representative of a First Nations band or reserve;
  • authorized representative of a postsecondary institution;
  • authorized representative of a facility that provides services to the homeless; or
  • authorized representative of a supportive living facility or treatment centre.
  • authorized representative of a Hutterite Colony
  1. 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. The address does not have to be in the voting division or ward.
  2. ID must be presented in their original format.

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