Municipal elections in Alberta are regulated by the Local Authorities Election Act, which is provincial legislation. Each municipality also has a Municipal Election Bylaw to regulate any additional details specific to their municipality.
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No. Cochrane does not create or maintain a voters list and so there is no distribution of resident information to any of our candidates.
Voting stations are open from 7a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, October 18, 2021.
Every effort will be made to ensure the safety of voters and election staff.
Yes, you must be a Canadian citizen. You must also be:
In order to vote, you must prove your identity and address with one of the following:
Yes, all citizens who meet the eligibility requirements can vote. Property ownership is not a determining factor.
No. You would not meet the eligibility criteria as your place of residence must be located in the Town of Cochrane on Election Day.
It is your responsibility to ensure your ballot package has been received by the Returning Officer in advance of the special ballot deadline which is 4:30 p.m. on Monday, October 18, 2021.
No. You can vote for one candidate for Mayor and up to six candidates for Council.
The Returning Officer may publish unofficial results after the close of voting stations on election day. However, election results will be made official at 12 p.m. on October 22, 2021.
Municipal elections are held every four years in Alberta.
Yes, you must be a Canadian citizen to vote. You also have to be a resident of Alberta for at least six months leading up to the election, and you must live in the municipality you want to vote in.
Yes, you need to show ID to vote. Check the voter ID section for accepted forms of ID (there are lots).
Cochrane Town Council has six Councillors and one Mayor. You can vote for one candidate for Mayor and up to six candidates for Council (fewer than six is ok too).
You can cast an advance vote, or a special ballot.
The Town of Cochrane returning officer announces unofficial election results as soon as all the votes are counted on election day (usually within a couple of hours after the polls close at 8pm). The results become official at noon on the fourth day after the election.
We have links to contact information for all candidates. You can also read the local newspaper and online news sources for articles and interviews with the candidates, or look for opportunities to meet with them in person and ask about their platforms and priorities.
There’s more information on Alberta Municipal Affairs website.
Yes. You can file your nomination papers beginning January 1 until noon on Nomination Day (Monday, September 20, 2021).
Yes. You can request to view nomination papers at any time during the nomination period, in the presence of the Returning Officer.
If you know of someone who voted even though they were ineligible, report it to the Returning Officer.
No. Campaigning is not allowed inside, outside or near a voting station.
Yes. If you have concerns, contact the Returning Officer.
A recount may be made if the Returning Officer is shown reasonable grounds by a candidate, official agent or a scrutineer that the count of votes is inaccurate. The Returning Officer may also consider a recount based on the number of rejected ballots, valid ballots objected to, or any administrative or technical errors.
The Returning Officer will write the names of those candidates in the tie on separate pieces of paper and will "draw a name from a hat". The name on the paper pulled from the hat is considered to receive one more vote.
Yes; unless they have been convicted of an election offence (federal, provincial or local) within the past 10 years, they are allowed to run in the election. Ineligibility to run in a local election is outlined in section 22 of the Local Authorities Election Act.
No, you are not allowed to distribute or share any form or ballot printed by the Returning Officer.
Election signs can go up on private property at anytime. Be sure to ask permission before putting signs on private land and call Alberta One Call at 1-800-242-3447 before you dig. Election signs on public property can go up at the close of Nomination Day (Monday, September 20, 2021) and must be removed within the 48 hours after Election Day.
Provide notice to your manager by July 1, 2021 that you will require a unpaid leave of absence due to running for Council.
File your nomination paperwork prior to beginning any campaigning or receiving any financial contributions or incurring any expenses.
Take a leave from your position as of September 19, 2021. If elected, you will need to resign your current position as of October 19, 2021.
If not elected, you would resume your regular duties as of October 19, 2021.