Elections Alberta has launched a campaign to engage voters going into the October 18 municipal elections.
It's designed to help voters navigate the Senate election and referendum questions, which are part of this year’s municipal election ballots.
“What makes this particular election unique can also raise a lot of questions for electors,” said Pamela Renwick, Acting Deputy Chief Electoral Officer of Elections Alberta. “We felt it was important to develop an engaging but straightforward campaign to help people learn the answers to the questions they might have as voting day approaches.”
This includes who's eligible to vote, where they can vote, how to learn more about the referendum questions, and who the Senate candidates are.
Municipalities will conduct their own elections, but when voters get their ballots they'll also be issued ballots for the senate and referendum questions.
More than 100 communities across Alberta are not holding municipal elections, including summer villages, improvement districts, special areas, First Nations, and the Alberta side of the City of Lloydminster and in towns where there were only enough nominations to fill out the slate, like the Town of Vulcan.
“Whether you live in an urban area, a rural municipality, a summer village, or Indigenous community, a number of entities across Alberta are working to help you cast your vote,” said Renwick.
Examples of our campaign materials, including videos, can be viewed here.
A Voter Information Centre is also available to answer questions about the senate election and referendum vote.
It is open on weekdays 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Call toll free at 1-877-422-8683.