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For the first time in a Calgary municipal election, vote tabulators will be used. This will help speed up the ballot-counting process.
We’ve also reviewed our voting subdivision areas (the area each voting station serves), voting station locations and the voting station process. This will help speed up the voting process.
Advance vote is November 6-7. Voting stations hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Vote Day is November 13. Voting station hours are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
This fall, Elections Calgary will be hiring approximately 3,000 workers to work during the Advance Vote and on Vote Day.
Visit the vote worker page for information and to apply online.
Every resident who votes is required to show acceptable identification and sign an oath that confirms their eligibility, which includes the provision that they have not already voted. It is an offence to sign a false oath and as per Section 148 of the Local Authorities Election Act:
“A person who contravenes subsection (1), (2), (3), (4) or (5) is guilty of an offence and liable to a fine of not more than $10 000 or to imprisonment for not more than 6 months or to both fine and imprisonment.”
The Municipal Government Act provides that Council may submit a question to be voted on by the electors (Vote of the Electors). The legislation specially indicates that the result of the vote does not bind Council. This means that acting on the result of a vote of the electors is left to the discretion of Council.
You can look up voting station locations on the When and Where do I vote? webpage.
Voting opportunities are available to voters in advance of November 13:
More information is available on the When and Where to vote?
On Vote Day, if you are in the hospital you can still vote. Voting stations will be available to patients at the hospital on Vote Day.
There is no voter's list in Calgary for a vote or municipal election. Voters must provide authorized identification at the voting station, such as an Alberta driver's license or an Alberta Identification Card, that will confirm their name and current residential address.
In addition, all voters are required to sign a statement (Form 8 - Voting Register) when they attend the voting station to confirm they meet the qualifications required to vote.
To be eligible to vote, you must:
In accordance with Section 53(1), Local Authorities Election Act (Proof of Elector Eligibility) and Section 95(1)(a)(ii) of the Election Act (Declaration Procedure), in order to vote, you must produce one piece of authorized identification that establishes both your name and current residential address.
Examples of authorized identification include:
Voting Register forms will also be available at all voting stations. Voters do not need to register in advance.
We secure the process of voting through several safeguards. From the design of forms, to the layout of voting stations, every decision is carefully made.
All persons hired to work at the Vote must sign a statement of Deputy Returning Officer. This prevents these individuals from sharing any vote related information.
To mark the ballot fill in the oval that corresponds to the response that you want to vote for.
Vote tabulators electronically count each ballot. The results is produced after the voting station closes.
Elections Calgary is confident in the security and reliability of the voting system being used.
Voters still mark individual paper ballots. The only thing the machines do is count the ballots, using an optical scanning system and record the results.
Along with changes to the processes used at the voting locations, these machines improve the speed and accuracy of the counting and reporting process for the results.
No, the tabulator machines are not connected to the internet at any point.
Unofficial results will be posted on the City of Calgary website at Vote2018.Calgary.ca when they become available on November 13, 2018.
Official results can be viewed at the Elections Calgary Office, Municipal Building posting site and on our website at Vote2018.Calgary.ca late afternoon on Friday, November 16, 2018.