Municipal Election

2021 Municipal Election

Candidate Eligibility

  • At least 18 years of age on Nomination Day (September 20, 2021);
  • A Canadian citizen;
  • A resident of the Town of Redcliff for the six (6) consecutive months preceding Nomination Day (September 20, 2021).

It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure they meet all the qualifications of candidacy and are eligible to run in the election as per the Local Authorities Election Act.

 

 

Nomination Period and Nomination Day

The nomination period begins on January 1, 2021 and runs until 12:00 p.m. (noon) on September 20, 2021 (Nomination Day).

 

Nomination Forms and Filing of Forms with the Returning Officer

The Nomination Form can be downloaded here.  The Candidate Financial Information Form can be downloaded here.

It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure the forms are completed correctly.  The Returning Officer is required to reject a candidate’s nomination forms if they have not been completed correctly.  Your forms must:

 

Submitting Nomination Papers

Legislation provides that a candidate may submit their papers at the local Election Office at any time during the nomination period.  The local Election Office is Town Hall, #1 – 3rd Street NE, Redcliff, AB, T0J 2P0, and hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Candidates wishing to file nomination forms are asked to book an appointment with the Deputy Returning Officer by calling 403-548-3618 or emailing election2021@redcliff.ca.

The Returning Officer will notify the candidate when the papers have been accepted.  Incomplete papers will be returned.

Nomination papers will not be accepted if sent by mail, fax, or email.

A cash deposit accompanying the nomination form is not required.

 

Candidate Awareness

After nomination day (September 20, 2021), the Town will, with the consent of candidates, post candidates’ photos, contact information, and platform summaries on this webpage.  Anyone intending to run can send a photograph, contact information to be released to the public, a platform summary (500 word maximum), and the Release of Candidate Information Form to the Deputy Returning Officer at election2021@redcliff.ca.

 

Candidate Withdrawals

A candidate may withdraw their nomination at any time during the nomination period from January 1, 2021 until 12:00 p.m. (noon) on September 20, 2021, and up to 24 hours after the close of nominations.

A candidate withdrawing their nomination is required to provide their withdrawal in writing to the Returning Officer, including the person’s name and office for which they were nominated, and be dated and signed by the candidate.

The candidate’s withdrawal is effective on the date the written notice is received by the Returning Officer.

If, at the close of nominations, the number of nominations received equals the number required to be elected, the Returning Officer shall not accept any withdrawals.  Furthermore, if, after one or more candidates have withdrawn, the number of candidates does not exceed the number of vacancies available, the Returning Officer shall refuse to accept any further withdrawals.

Disclaimer: This information is for the convenience of reference only.  Candidates are subject to requirements as per the Local Authorities Election Act.  Candidates are advised to refer to the Act for full information regarding their obligations.

 

Municipal Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure

The Local Authorities Election Act requires financial disclosure of campaign contributions and campaign expenses.  The legislation is binding on all candidates running in the election.  Failure to comply could result in significant penalties payable by both candidates and contributors.  Candidates are strongly encouraged to read and understand Part 5.1 of the Local Authorities Election Act.  Candidates are responsible for ensuring that their campaign complies with all provincial legislation.

A Candidate’s Guide: Running for Municipal Office in Alberta is also a useful guide for outlining information relating to campaign contributions and campaign expenses.

Note:  You are required to file a campaign disclosure statement with the Town of Redcliff on or before March 1, 2022.

Voter Eligibility

  • At least 18 years of age;
  • A Canadian citizen;
  • Resides in Alberta and the person’s place of residence is located in the local jurisdiction on election day.

Local Authorities Election Act (s. 47) outlines eligibility requirements for voters.

 

Identification when Voting

In order to vote in the municipal election, 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.

 

Advance Vote

Location, date, and time to be determined.

Note: All electors are eligible to vote at an Advance Vote.

 

Election Day

October 18, 2021.  The voting station location is still to be determined.  Doors will open promptly at 10:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m.

 

Voting Time for Employees

The Local Authorities Election Act provides the following provisions for employees on election day:

1. An employee who is an elector shall, while the voting stations are open on election day, have three (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 three (3) consecutive hours, the employee’s employer shall allow the employee any additional time for voting that is necessary to provide the employee three (3) consecutive hours, but the additional time for voting is to be granted at the convenience of the employer.

3. No employer shall make any deduction from the pay of an employee or 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 three (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.

 

Results

Official results will be published on October 22, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. (noon).

Nomination Period and Nomination Day
January 1, 2021 to September 20, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. noon (Nomination Day)

Advance Vote
Location, date, and time to be decided.

Election Day
October 18, 2021
10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location to be decided.

Official Results Announced
October 22, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. noon

Swearing-In Ceremony and Organizational Meeting
October 25, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

Regular Council Meetings Begin
October 25, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
[Note: Council meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month with the except of July and August (3rd Monday) and December (2nd Monday only)]

Candidates For Mayor

Shawna Gale

Mark Payne

 

Candidates for Councillor

William Ranger

Local Contacts

Ruth Schaffer, Returning Officer
403-548-3618 | election2021@redcliff.ca

Shanon Simon, Deputy Returning Officer
403-548-9247 | election2021@redcliff.ca

Election Office
Redcliff Town Hall
#1 – 3rd Street NE
Redcliff, AB  T0J 2P0

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