Frequently asked questions

Have questions? Check our list of frequently asked questions. Need more help? Call 311.

General questions

What is the question for this vote?

The question on the ballot will be:
Are you for or are you against Calgary hosting the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games?

__ I am for Calgary hosting
__ I am against Calgary hosting

What’s new this year?

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. 

What are the voting dates and hours?

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.

I would like to work during the Vote. How can I?

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.

Can someone vote more than once?

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.”

Why is the Vote not binding?

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.

Where to vote

Where do I vote?

You can look up voting station locations on the When and Where do I vote? webpage.

I will be away from Calgary on Vote Day (November 13), can I still vote?

Voting opportunities are available to voters in advance of November 13:

  • Advance vote days November 6 and 7
  • Mail-in ballots

More information is available on the When and Where to vote?

What if I am in the hospital on Vote day?

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.

Who can vote

Do I have to be on the voter's list to vote? I have not been enumerated yet. Can I vote?

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:

  • present authorized identification
  • be at least 18 years of age
  • be a Canadian citizen
  • be a resident of a ward within the City of Calgary on Vote Day
  • have resided in Alberta for the six consecutive months immediately preceding the election
  • not have already voted  in the Vote 2018
  • sign a voter resigster form stating that you meet these

Voter I.D. and registration

Do I need I.D. to vote?

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:

  • Alberta Driver’s Licence
  • Alberta Identification Card
  • Bank/credit card statement or personal cheque
  • Income/property tax assessment notice
  • Insurance policy or coverage card
  • Statement of government benefits (ie employment insurance, old-age security or social assistance)

Where or how do I register to vote? How do I pick up a Form 8 - Voting Register?

Voting Register forms will also be available at all voting stations. Voters do not need to register in advance.

Tabulators & Security

How do I know my information will be kept secure?

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.

How do we mark the ballot in the Vote?

To mark the ballot fill in the oval that corresponds to the response that you want to vote for.

How will the votes be counted?

Vote tabulators electronically count each ballot. The results is produced after the voting station closes.

How secure are these tabulator machines?

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.

Why are you using vote tabulation machines?

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.

Could the machines be hacked into through the internet?

No, the tabulator machines are not connected to the internet at any point.


When will the results be available?

Unofficial results will be posted on the City of Calgary website at when they become available on November 13, 2018.

Where will we be able to see official results?

Official results can be viewed at the Elections Calgary Office, Municipal Building posting site and on our website at late afternoon on Friday, November 16, 2018.