Yes. A person may file their nomination papers to become a candidate for a general election with the Returning Officer during the nomination period beginning on January 1 in a year in which a general election is to be held and ending at 12 noon on Nomination Day (Monday, September 20, 2021). There is no deposit that is required to file your nomination papers for the office that you are running for.
Check out How do I Run? for more information on how to become a candidate.
Yes. You can view nomination papers at any time after the commencement of the nomination period until the term of office to which the filed nomination papers relate has expired. A person may request to examine the filed nomination papers during regular business hours and in the presence of the returning officer.
Contact us to make an appointment with the Returning Officer to view nomination papers.
If you know of someone who voted even though they were ineligible, contact us to report it to the Returning Officer.
Penalties for someone who votes knowing that they have no right to do so may include:
No. Campaigning is not allowed inside, outside or near a voting station. For more information see section 152 of the Local Authorities Election Act.
Yes. If you have concerns, contact us for information on the steps you will need to take.
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. For more information on recount, see Local Authorities Election Act.
If a count results in a tie, 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. For more information see section 99 of the Local Authorities Election Act.
Yes; however, if that person has been convicted of an election offence (federal, provincial or local) within the past 10 years, they are not 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. Under section 148(5) of the Local Authorities Election Act, you are not allowed to distribute or share any form or ballot printed by the Returning Officer. As well, under section 55 of the Act, a vote is secret and it is an offence for you to show your ballot to anyone in order for you to share how you voted.
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 between Nomination Day (Monday, September 20, 2021) and must be removed within the 48 hours after Election Day. The City of Red Deer has a number of designated locations on municipal land that election signs can be placed. Please see the Election Sign Placement Guide or contact us to obtain a printed copy.
Visit Election Advertising and Signs for more information.
While we have made some adjustments to accommodate new safety measures during the pandemic, we will continue to provide the same level of support to all prospective and confirmed candidates. Candidates should plan for the following differences due to the pandemic:
No. The City of Red Deer does not compile a list of voters and so does not have a voter list available to share with candidates.
Under the Local Authorities Election Act, municipalities may pass a bylaw to prepare a list of electors who are entitled to vote in an election, but are not required to do so. The City of Red Deer did not pass a bylaw to prepare a list of electors who are entitled to vote in an election. If The City were to prepare a voter list, it would need to conduct an enumeration of electors in the city. The list of electors would be provided to a candidate, upon request, the day after nominations may be withdrawn as per the Local Authorities Election Act.
Election candidates (or potential candidates) frequently pose questions to either The City or the School Divisions with specific queries that may inform their campaigns or their understanding of the local jurisdiction. The Returning Officer, to ensure equitable sharing of information to candidates, responds to routinely-releasable election information requests and ensures that candidates receive the response provided. For a complete list of inquiries received to date, check out: Candidate Inquiries (pdf) .
For election related questions that are not answered on the website or in the candidate inquiries document, please contact the Returning Officer.
The City of Red Deer's 2021 Election branded materials, along with The City crest, coat of arms and logo, are subject to copyright and are the property of The City of Red Deer. Use of City branding on any printed, electronic or promotional materials is restricted.