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2021 Election Voter Information
Find information about voting, what identification you need, special ballots and more below.
To be eligible to vote, you must be:.
- At least 18 years old.
- Are a Canadian Citizen.
- Are a resident of Alberta.
- Are a resident on Election Day of the Town of Drayton Valley
- Provide authorized voter identification
Voter Identification Requirements
Come Prepared! Proof of identity and current residence is now required to be able to vote in municipal elections.
In order to vote, 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.
Where do I vote?
Drayton Valley’s General Municipal Election will be October 18, 2021 at the MacKenzie Conference Center from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Changes to the Local Authorities Election Act will now allow provisions for vouching. A voter who has shown valid identification may vouch for a voter who does not have identification if:
- The person vouching signs a statement/form that they know the person and that the person resides at the address indicated on the statement; and
- Both voters meet the eligibility requirements to vote..
A voter who has relied on vouching to validate their identity and address cannot vouch for someone else.
Special Ballot Application
Special ballots are ballots that are cast by mail for those who wish to vote remotely or cannot vote in person. Electors must submit an application for a special ballot.
Once the special ballot application is received, a package will be prepared with the ballots requested and will be mailed to you. A return envelope will be included so once ballots are complete it can be dropped in the mail, or delivered to the Town office where it will be deposited into the Special Ballots Box to be counted on election day.
An Advance Vote will be held October 7, 2021 at the MacKenzie Conference Centre, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Contributions to a campaign cannot be made until the individual has filed their nomination papers and is an official candidate. Candidates must issue a receipt for each contribution they receive.
New for 2021 there is a limit of $5,000 per candidate during the election year. There is no limit to how many candidates you can contribute to.
You can contribute to a person’s campaign outside the campaign period (January 1 to December 31 in the year of an election), but the future candidate cannot accept contributions over $5,000 in the aggregate per year.
Only residents of Alberta can make a contribution to a campaign. Candidates can contribute to their own campaign (self-fund) up to $10,000 in the aggregate per year.
Organizations prohibited from making contributions include corporations or unincorporated organizations, including a trade union and an employee organization.
Any anonymous contributions must be returned to the contributor if their identity can be established. If their identity cannot be established, the candidate shall donate the funds to a registered charity or to the local jurisdiction.
Funds not belonging to that individual or funds that have been given to the individual by another individual or a prohibited organization for the purpose of making a contribution of those funds to a candidate, shall not be accepted by the candidate.
All roadside campaigns must comply with applicable Town of Drayton Valley Bylaws.
Candidate may not campaign, advertise or influence votes in and on the property surrounding a building used as a voting station.
All candidates, whether self-funded or accepting contributions, and third party advertisers must file a disclosure statement after the election with the municipality in which they sought election or advertised.