Voting

As information becomes available for the 2021 election, it will be updated here.

Voting Stations

On October 18, the LMC Voting station opens at 8:00 a.m. and will remain open until 8:00 p.m. When the voting station is declared closed at 8:00 p.m., any Elector in the voting station who wishes to vote shall be permitted to do so, but no other person shall be allowed to enter the voting station.  

The City recommends attending one of two Advance Polls at the LMC on Friday October 1 (9 AM to 1 PM) or Tuesday October 12 (4 PM to 8 PM) to assure a speedy voting process and less crowding.

Voting Station Locations

5214 50 Avenue Lacombe, AB T4L 0B6 LMC - Centennial Hall

Institutional Voting Stations

Although dates, times, and locations for Institutional Voting Stations are to be confirmed (and advertised), Institutional Voting is planned for three locations for those residents only  (The Lacombe Senior Citizens’ Lodge, the Continuing Care Wing of the Lacombe Hospital, and Royal Oak Village) on October 18 for separate two hour periods each.

Elector Eligibility

A person is eligible to vote in the municipal election if the person:

  • Is at least 18 years old;
  • Is a Canadian citizen; and
  • Resides in Alberta, and is a resident of the City on Election Day.

Every person who arrives at a voting station for the purpose of voting shall verify their eligibility to vote by completing an Elector Register (Form 13). Once the Elector Register is completed, the Elector will then be given a ballot.

Elector identification will be required for the municipal election. The identification requirement sets a uniform standard of one piece of picture identification or one piece of identification authorized by the Chief Electoral Officer under the Election Act.

Elector Identification Eligibility Requirements

The LAEA establishes the requirements for verification of an Elector’s identity and current residence, as stated in the signed Elector Register.

The Elector must produce one piece of photo identification with their name and address, issued by a Canadian government (federal, provincial, local, or an agency thereof), or one piece of identification authorized by the Chief Electoral Officer under the Election Act, including the Elector’s name and current address.

Any of the following documents that include the Elector’s name and address on it will be accepted as valid proof:

Special Ballots

The City may provide special ballots, which gives Electors who are physically incapable or absent from the jurisdiction, the option to mail in or drop off their ballot. Special ballots provide another avenue for Electors to exercise their right in the democratic process.

To vote using a special ballot, Electors who meet the criteria may apply to the Returning Officer. Requests may be made once Council authorizes the use of special ballots. Electors can request a special ballot anytime before the election – up to and including 4:30 p.m. on October 1. Requests for Special Ballots are logged and once ballots are available and your request approved, the packages are mailed out or picked up by the Elector.

NOTE: It is the Elector’s responsibility to return the ballot by 4:30 p.m. on Election Day (October 18, 2021).

In order to apply for a special ballot, an Elector must meet specific criteria, including but not limited to, being unable to vote at an advance vote or at the voting station on Election Day because of:

  • Physical incapacity;
  • Absence from the local jurisdiction; or
  • Being a Returning Officer, Deputy Returning Officer, Constable, Candidate, Official Agent or Scrutineer who may be located on Election Day at a voting station other than that for the Elector’s place of residence.

A request for a special ballot may be made by any one of the following methods:

  • Mailed to 5432 56 Avenue, Lacombe, AB T4L 1E9 Attn: Returning Officer
  • By telephone to 403-782-1287;
  • Dropped off in person in writing at 5432 56 Avenue (City Hall), Lacombe Alberta, T4L 1E9; or
  • By e-mail to legislative@lacombe.ca.

Applications must include first and last names, your city address, your school elector status if voting for a trustee (Public/Wolf Creek or Catholic/St. Thomas Aquinas), the mailing address to which your special ballot will be sent, your phone number, your e-mail address (if unavailable by phone), and the reasons for your special ballot request.  

A Candidate may request a list of the names and addresses of those Electors who have applied and been provided with special ballots.

Vouching

An elector cannot vouch for more than one person (unless every person the elector vouches for shares the same place of residence).  In order to vouch for a person, an elector must make a statement, in the prescribed form, that they know the person and know that the person resides at the address indicated on the person’s statement.