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Special Ballots: If you are not available on any of the above days, you can apply to vote by special ballot. Download more information about voting by special ballot. Please fill out Form 16 - Request for Special Ballot Package and contact the Returning Officer at (587) 830-2842 to request a special ballot.
Who Can Vote
To vote in the Chestermere municipal election, you must:
- be a Canadian citizen
- have resided in Alberta since April 16 (for the 6 consecutive months immediately preceding Election Day)
- have your place of residence* located in the City of Chestermere on Election Day.
- Show ID to verify your name and address. (See below for acceptable forms of identification)
- Complete a statement that you are eligible to vote in that election and that you have not voted anywhere else.
* Residence is defined by the Local Authorities Election Act (LAEA) as 'the place where the person lives and sleeps and to which, when the person is absent, the person intends to return'. If you need more information on the rules of residence, please see section 48 of the LAEA.
Acceptable Voter Identification Proof of identity and current residence is required to be able to vote in municipal elections. Any of the following documents that has your name and address on it will be accepted as valid proof:
- Photo identification issued by a Canadian government or agency, whether federal, provincial or local;
- Bank/credit card statement or personal cheque;
- Correspondence issued by a school, college or university;
- Government cheque or cheque stub;
- Income/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: e.g. Employment insurance, old-age security, social assistance, disability support, or child tax benefit;
- Utility bill: e.g. Telephone, public utilities commission, television, electricity, gas or water;
- Vehicle ownership, registration or insurance certificate; or
- A letter or form (attestation) confirming that the person lives at the stated address. The letter can be signed 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 post-secondary institution;
- authorized representative of a facility that provides services to the homeless; or
- authorized representative of a supportive living facility or treatment centre;
- Before voting, every voter must produce identification and complete a statement that he/she is eligible to vote in that election and that he/she has not voted anywhere else.
- Then, each voter will be given a paper ballot.
- You can select up to six candidates for Council and one candidate for Mayor.
- You will indicate your choice by filling in a circle next to the name of the candidate of your choice.
- After you have completed selecting the candidates for whom you would like to vote, you will approach a machine, and feed your ballot into the machine.
- The machine will scan the ballot, count the votes and provide the results at the end of Election Day.
The Role of Municipalities
The Municipal Government Act gives municipalities in Alberta the authority to exist and govern their communities. It states that the purposes of municipalities are to:
- To provide good government.
- To provide services, facilities or other things that, in the opinion of council, are necessary or desirable for all or a part of the municipality.
- To develop safe and viable communities.
An elected Council establishes policy for the municipality. Council makes decisions in the form of bylaws or resolutions that receive a majority vote by members of Council. The Mayor does not have a veto for decisions.
Administration implements the policy direction of City Council.
- Building & Development Permits
- Bylaw Enforcement
- Community Programs for toddlers, youth, adults and seniors
- Community Support Services
- Economic Development
- Emergency Management
- Fire Services
- Garbage & Recycling
- Municipal Projects
- Parks & Pathways
- Long term Planning & Development
- Road Repair & Maintenance
Election Ads The City would like to ensure all residents are aware of how their vote can make a difference. The following ads have been created to remind residents of the main areas of responsibility and spending of a municipality.
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