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Eligibility to Vote

A person is eligible to vote in an election held pursuant to this Act if the person

  • is at least 18 years old,
  • is a Canadian citizen, and
  • resides in Alberta and the person’s place of residence is located in the local jurisdiction on election day.

An elector is eligible to vote only at the voting station for the voting subdivision in which the elector’s place of residence is located on election day.

Rules of Residence 

the place of 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, that person shall, in accordance with subsection (1.1), designate one place of residence as the person’s place of residence for the purposes of this Act;
  • the residence of a person is the place where the person lives and sleeps and to which, when the person is absent, the person intends to return;
  • a person does not lose the person’s residence by leaving the person’s home for a temporary purpose;
  • subject to clause (e), a student who
    • attends an educational institution within or outside Alberta,
    • temporarily rents accommodation for the purpose of attending an educational institution, and
    • has family members who are resident in Alberta and with whom the student ordinarily resides when not attending an educational institution

is deemed to reside with those family members;

  • if a person leaves the area with the intention of making the person’s residence elsewhere, the person loses the person’s residence within the area.

For the purposes of subsection (1) (a.1), a person shall designate the person’s place of residence in accordance with the following factors in the following order of priority:

  • the address shown on the person’s driver’s licence or motor vehicle operator’s licence 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;
  • the address to which the person’s mail is addressed and delivered.

Voter Identification Requirements 

In order to vote in the upcoming municipal elections, voters will be required to provide proof of their name and home address. The following types of verification meet the standard provincial requirement for one piece of identification.

  • 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.
  • Proof of Identity and Ordinary Residence for Tenant Elector issued by the authorized representative of a commercial property management company.
  • Proof of Identity and Ordinary Residence for Incarcerated Elector issued by the authorized representative of a correctional institution.
  • Proof of Identity and Ordinary Residence issued by the authorized representative of a First Nations band or reserve.
  • Proof of Identity and Ordinary Residence for Post-Secondary Student Elector in Residence issued by the authorized representative of a post-secondary institution.
  • Proof of Identity and Ordinary Residence for Homeless Elector issued by the authorized representative of a facility that provides services to the homeless.
  • Proof of Identity and Ordinary Residence for Elector in Long Term Care or Supportive Living Facility issued by the authorized representative of a supportive living facility or treatment centre.
  • Supportive Living Facility issued by the authorized representative of a supportive living facility or treatment centre.
  • Bank or credit card statement or personal cheque.
  • Correspondence issued by a school, college or university.
  • 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.

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.

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