You are eligible to vote in this election if:
- You are at least 18 years of age
- You are a Canadian citizen
- You have lived in Alberta for six consecutive months before election day (since April 16, 2017)
- You live in the MD on election day
- You provide the required identification.
Rules of Residence
48(1) For the purposes of the Local Authorities Election Act, the place of residence is governed by the following rules:
- a person may be a resident of only one place at a time for the purposes of voting under this Act;
(a.1) if a person has more than one residence in Alberta, that person shall, in accordance with subsection (1.1), designate one place of residence as the person’s place of residence for the purposes of this Act;
- the residence of a person is the place where the person lives and sleeps and to which, when the person is absent, the person intends to return;
- a person does not lose the person’s residence by leaving the person’s home for a temporary purpose;
- subject to clause (e), a student who
- attends an educational institution within or outside Alberta,
- temporarily rents accommodation for the purpose of attending an educational institution, and
- has family members who are resident in Alberta and with whom the student ordinarily resides when not attending an educational institution is deemed to reside with those family members;
- if a person leaves the area with the intention of making the person’s residence elsewhere, the person loses the person’s residence within the area.
- (1.1) For the purposes of subsection (1)(a.1), a person shall designate the person’s place of residence in accordance with the following factors in the following order of priority:
- the address shown on the person’s driver’s licence or motor vehicle operator’s licence issued by or on behalf of the Government of Alberta or an identification card issued by or on behalf of the Government of Alberta;
- the address to which the person’s income tax correspondence is addressed and delivered;
- the address to which the person’s mail is addressed and delivered.
Proof of identity and current residence is now required to be able to vote in municipal elections.
The MD of Bighorn Bylaw 03/07 states:
(2) In addition to meeting the requirement of s. 53(1) of the Local Authorities Election, Act, a person who attends at a voting station to vote in an election held pursuant to that Act for which the Municipal District of Bighorn is responsible to conduct the election either as the elected authority or pursuant to an agreement with another elected authority must, to be eligible to vote, produce for inspection by a Deputy Returning Officer of the voting station one type of identification, verifying the identity and age of the person seeking to vote, from the following list of documents:
a) Canadian Driver’s or Operator’s Licence;
b) Canadian Passport;
c) Canadian Military Identification;
d) Birth Certificate;
e) Baptismal Certificate;
f) Alberta Personal Health Card;
g) Alberta Identification Card;
h) Certificate of Canadian Citizenship;
i) Veteran Affairs Canada;
j) Old Age Security (OAS) Card;
k) Firearms Licence Possession – Acquisition;
l) Firearms – Possession Only Licence; and
m) Certificate of Indian Status Card.