ELECTION INFORMATION FOR CANDIDATES AND VOTERS
Are you qualified to become a candidate?
Information on the following categories are included in the election package which is available on the County’s Election website:
- Candidate Information
- Nomination Process (including links to Nomination Papers)
- Election Information
- Campaign Information
- Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
Information is also available by contacting the Returning Officer at 403.350.2152 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Nomination Period
New for 2021, this period started January 1, 2021. Nominations may be filed at the County office between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM. The Nomination Period remains open until 12 NOON on Nomination Day - Monday, September 20, 2021.
Any potential candidate planning to accept contributions or planning to expend funds on campaign expenses is required to file a Nomination Paper prior to accepting contributions or expending funds.
Due to the current pandemic and to ensure the Returning Officer is available to accept nomination papers, potential candidates are encouraged to call and make an appointment prior to stopping by the County office (403.350.2152).
Upon receipt of Nominations for the 2021 election, Red Deer County will be posting a listing of all candidates who have filed Nomination Papers on the County’s Election Website.
COVID-19 & Campaigning
The province has created a document, Guidance for Canvassing and Campaigning, as it relates to COVID-19: www.alberta.ca/assets/documents/covid-19-relaunch-guidance-canvassing-campaigning.pdf.
The Returning Officer has been coordinating the booking of Community Halls for the 2021 Voting stations with plans to use the same locations that have been used in previous municipal elections. As with everything this past year, finalization of the Voting stations will be dependent on any provincial restrictions in effect at the time of voting. Voting station locations will be posted on the website closer to Election Day along with a link to the County’s “Where Do I Vote?” app that assists residents in determining where their Division voting stations are located.
As Red Deer County does not have a List of Electors, all electors wishing to vote must make a statement that they are eligible to vote (the Election Worker will ask questions and fill in the Elector Register which the Elector will sign). The Elector must also produce valid identification that identifies the Elector and their address (the most common form of ID is a Valid Alberta Operator’s License or an Alberta Identification Card).
- Election Day - Monday, October 18, 2021, from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM at a voting station located in your division; each voter chooses the most convenient location within their division for voting.
- Advance Vote – Thursday, October 7, and Saturday, October 9, from 12 NOON to 8:00 PM at the Red Deer County Centre. Dependent on the status of the current pandemic as we get closer to Election Day, more advance voting days may be added.
- Special Ballot – also referred to as a Mail-In Ballot. There are restrictions as to who may use this form of voting. For more information, please call the Returning Officer at 403.350.2152.