2021 Municipal Election

Municipal Election Information

Municipal elections are held every four years, when residents elect one Mayor and six Councillors to a four-year term. In the Drumheller Valley, Council members are elected at-large which means the Mayor and Councillors represent the entire population rather than a geographical ward. October 18, 2021 is the next Municipal Election.

The Restriction Exemption Program does not apply to elections venues for election purposes. Voters are not required to show proof of vaccination or a negative test result before voting during the Advance Polls or Election Day, but the 1/3 fire code capacity for indoor gatherings will apply to polling stations. Masks are mandatory in indoor spaces.

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.

An elected authority could, by bylaw, require additional verification or a combination of verification to establish the person’s specific current address.

Information for Voters

To be eligible to vote, an elector must be:

  • 18 years old;
  • A Canadian Citizen;
  • A resident in Alberta; and
  • The elector's place of residence must be located in the local jurisdiction on election day (Section 47 of the Local Authorities Election Act)

Voters do not have to vote for six Councillors on their ballot. They can vote for five, or even one. Ballots with more than six candidates are considered as rejected ballots.

Important Dates 

Campaign Period January 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021
Nomination Period January 4, 2021 - September 20, 2021 at 12:00pm
Acceptance of Nomination Papers Begins on January 4, 2021
Nominations Close  September 20, 2021 at 12:00pm
Election Day   October 18, 2021

Advance Polls - Badlands Community Facility

Sunday, October 10, 2021 Voting Station is open to the public from 1:00pm-5:00pm
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 Voting Station is open to the public from 3:00pm-8:00pm
Thursday, October 14, 2021 Voting Station is open to the public from 12:00pm-8:00pm
Saturday, October 16, 2021 Voting Station is open to the public from 10:00am-6:00pm

Election Day - Badlands Community Facility

Monday, October 18, 2021 Voting Station is open to the public from 10:00am-8:00pm

 

Void or Rejected Ballots

A deputy returning officer must examine the ballots and reject any ballot:

  • that does not have the initials of an election officer;
  • on which more votes are cast than an elector is entitled to vote for;
  • on which anything is written or marked by which an elector can be identified;
  • that has been torn, defaced or otherwise dealt with by an elector so
  • that the elector can be identified;
  • that is not marked by an “X”; or
  • on which no vote has been cast by an elector.

The rejected ballots must not be counted and must have the term “rejected” written on the back. If a candidate or official agent or scrutineer objects to the rejected ballot, the deputy returning officer must write “rejection objected” on the back. The deputy returning officer must initial the ballot. In the event that a ballot has been incorrectly marked but clearly indicates for whom or what the elector intended to vote for, the deputy returning officer
may count the ballot.

Municipal Senate Election & Referendum Proclamation & Information

Elections Alberta has received the Orders in Council to conduct a Referendum Vote in conjunction with the 2021 Alberta Municipal Elections and the Alberta Senate Election on October 18, 2021.

The Press Release from Elections Alberta can be seen here.

The Proclamation can be viewed by clicking on this link: Municipal Senate Election and Referendum Proclamation. The Proclamation is also posted in the lobby of Town Hall.

REFERENDUM QUESTIONS  

Albertans will be able to vote on matters of public interest during the fall 2021 municipal election.  

QUESTION 1: Equalization 

Equalization gives federal funding to provinces less well-off so that all provinces can provide a similar level of services to their citizens. This funding mainly comes from federal taxes and fees.  

Should section 36 (2) of the Constitution Act, 1982 – Parliament and the  government of Canada’s commitment to the principle of making equalization  payments – be removed from the constitution?  

A ‘yes’ vote means that Albertans are calling upon the federal government and other provinces to enter into discussions on a potential amendment to the Constitution of Canada in respect of equalization.  

A ‘no’ vote means that Albertans are not calling upon the federal government and other provinces to enter into discussions on a potential amendment to the Constitution of Canada in respect of equalization.   

QUESTION 2: Daylight Saving Time  

Summer hours (Daylight Saving Time) are the hours we observe in Alberta each year from the second Sunday in March until the first Sunday in November, when we revert to Standard Time.  

Do you want Alberta to adopt year-round Daylight Saving Time, which is summer hours, eliminating the need to change our clocks twice a year?  


If a majority of voters in the referendum vote ‘yes,’ the Government of Alberta must take steps to implement the results of the referendum.  

A ‘no’ vote means the Government of Alberta will not take further steps and Albertans will continue changing their clocks twice a year.  

Regardless of the outcome of the referendum, Albertans will still change their clocks in the fall of 2021 and the spring of 2022.  If Albertans vote to adopt summer hours permanently, that change would not happen before fall 2022.   

This Referendum Information is from the Government of Alberta website: https://www.alberta.ca/provincial-referendum.aspx 

Information for Candidates

The Candidate's Guide to Running for Municipal Office in Alberta is a document produced by the province to help candidates in Alberta to understand the process and legislative requirements for running for municipal office. Candidates are responsible for reading and understanding all legislation associated with Running for Municipal Office.

Please refer to the Government of Alberta website for more informative resources as well as new and ongoing changes to the legislation, and the 'Prospective Candidates' section provides a large amount of resource material.

Information about Nomination Papers Form 4 and Form 5

Please refer to the following sections in the Local Authorities Election Act - Current as of September 2020, for important information about filling in the Nomination Papers.

  • To determine if you qualify as a candidate:

    • Section 21 – Qualification of candidate
    • Section 22 – Ineligibility
    • Section 23 – Ineligibility for nomination
  • Instructions on filling out the nomination form:

    • Section 27 – Form of nomination (Eligibility to vote information, Section 47)
    • Section 28 - Nominations
  • Information on assigning an official agent/representative:

    • Section 68 – Option for Official agent
  • Penalties for filing a false statement:

    • Section 151 – Offence candidate's acceptance
  • Form 4 LGS0753 - Nomination Papers

    • This must be signed by 5 electors, who would be eligible to vote in the October 2021 election.
    • This form must be sworn before a commissioner for oaths or a Notary Public.
  • Form 5 LGS12180 - Candidate Financial Information

    • The personal information will be managed in compliance with the privacy provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. 

Nomination Papers (Forms 4 and 5) can be emailed to cao@drumheller.ca or dropped off in the deposit slot to the right of the front doors of Town Hall. Any question please contact the Returning Officer at cao@drumheller.ca or 403-823-1339

Election Workers Information & Application Form

The Town of Drumheller is seeking workers for the Town of Drumheller 2021 Municipal Election for MayorCouncillor and School Board Trustee, the Senate Election and Referendum Vote. 

Election Workers are required for the following days: 

Advance Polls - Badlands Community Facility

Sunday, October 10, 2021  Voting Station is open to the public from 1:00pm-5:00pm
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 Voting Station is open to the public from 3:00pm-8:00pm
Thursday, October 14, 2021 Voting Station is open to the public from 12:00pm-8:00pm
Saturday, October 16, 2021 Voting Station is open to the public from 10:00am-6:00pm

Election workers may be required to assist with set up and take down of the Polling Station.

Election Day - Badlands Community Facility

Monday, October 18, 2021 Voting Station is open to the public from 10:00am-8:00pm 

Election workers will be required to assist with the closing of the Polling Station and the Counting of Ballots.

Job Descriptions

Ballot Clerk Station The Ballot Clerk is responsible for the account and distribution of the ballots at a Voting Station.
Elector Register Clerk Station The Elector Register Clerk is responsible for helping the voters complete their voter statement, checking ID and issuing ballots.
Information Officer Station

The Information Officer is responsible for greeting voters, notifying the Presiding Deputy Returning Officer if a voter requires assistance, managing lines and answering questions.

Stand-By Worker

A Stand-By Worker is a position that you may be called upon to take on should there be last-minute cancellations by another Election Worker. If you agree to be a Stand-By Worker, you must be ready to arrive at the assigned location on short notice.

Mobile Voting Vendors

Mobile Voting Stations are set up at care facilities and the hospital to give voters with limited mobility currently staying at these locations an opportunity to vote. 

Compensation

Compensation will be a flat day rate and may vary depending on the number of days or hours specific voting stations are open. All Election Workers are independent contractors, The Town of Drumheller will not issue tax reporting documents such as a T4A slip. It is your responsibility to report any compensation received for income tax purposes.

In order to qualify for these positions,

  • You must be a minimum of 18 years of age and eligible to work in Canada.
  • You must attend one of the training sessions.
  • Have strong organizational and communication skills.
  • Demonstrate the ability to deal tactfully and courteously with the public, and work in a fast-paced environment.

To apply for the 2021 Municipal Election Worker position, please click here for the application.

Previous experience in working elections is an asset; however, training will be provided. If this opportunity is of interest to you, please go to drumheller.ca and complete the 2021 Election Worker Job Application and return it to Town Hall or email it to the address below no later than Friday, October 1, 2021.

Town of Drumheller 

224 Centre Street 

Drumheller, AB TOJ 0Y4

Attention: Returning Officer

If you have questions, please email or call the number below.

Email: cao@drumheller.ca

Phone: 403-823-1339

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