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Posted on: March 24, 2021

Voter Identification Bylaw outlines three easy options for October election

Voter ID bylaw passed by Council

The 2021 municipal election will be taking place on October 18 and City Council recently passed a bylaw that expands the identification options available to ensure that all voters can fully participate in the process. 

“It is our goal to make sure that every vote counts in this upcoming election and that no eligible voter is turned away at a polling station,” says Returning Officer Noshy Karbani. “Formalizing and clearly communicating our voter identification requirements will help us to maintain a fair election and greatly reduce the possibility of voter fraud.” 

The Province provides the standard requirements for voter identification but the Local Authorities Election Act allows for municipal councils to pass a Voter Identification Bylaw that outlines the number and types of identification required by voters in order to verify their name and address. 

Electors now have three options to provide proof of their identity as set out in the Bylaw: 

Option 1: Provide one piece of government-issued photo identification which contains a photograph of the elector and the elector’s legal name and current address (i.e.: a driver’s license) 

Option 2: If no photo ID is available, an elector can provide two pieces of identification that contain their name, with at least one containing the elector’s current address (i.e.: Alberta health care card or passport paired with a credit card statement, utility bill, or mortgage statement) 

Option 3: Provide a letter of verification that confirms the elector’s legal name and current address. This letter can be signed and authorized by the elector’s employer, a representative of a post-secondary institution, supportive living facility, or treatment centre (See Schedule A below for more details). 

“Should a resident arrive at the voting station without any of the accepted identification options, they can also have an eligible elector vouch for them,” adds Karbani. “This would likely be very helpful for those younger, first-time voters who can now have their parents vouch for them if they do not yet have valid ID.”

Before being given a ballot, electors must show identification and complete a Form 13 that indicates their full name and address. As part of the voting process, electors must sign a legal affidavit that they are eligible to vote and have not voted before in the current election. It is a criminal offense to sign a false affidavit and voter fraud is liable to a fine of not more than $10,000 or to imprisonment for not more than six months or to both fine and imprisonment.

For a full list of acceptable voter identification, view the Schedule A from the approved bylaw below. 

Stay tuned for details about the upcoming municipal election, including registered candidates, candidate information, and other helpful insights for voters at chestermere.ca/election.


SCHEDULE A

The following identification documents will be accepted as valid Voter Identification:

One piece of government-issued photo 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, the elector’s legal name and the elector’s current residential address.

OR

Two of any of the following pieces of identification, provided that both must contain the elector’s legal name, and at least one must contain the elector’s current residential address:

  • Canadian passport
  • Canadian citizenship card
  • Bank or credit card, bank or credit card statement or personal cheque.
  • 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, television, hydro, gas or water).
  • Vehicle ownership, registration or insurance certificate.
  • Alberta Health Services card, hospital or medical identification card, or Canadian blood services card.
  • Student identification card.
  • Employee identification card.
  • Alberta Health Services card, hospital or medical identification card, or Canadian blood services card.

OR

Without identification, a letter or form (attestation) confirming the elector’s legal name and that the elector resides at the stated address will also be accepted as valid Voter Identification.

 The letter or form can be signed prior to attending the voting station or voting by other allowable means, including a letter or form from 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; 
  • authorized representative of a supportive living facility or treatment centre; or
  • authorized representative of the person’s employer.

 

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