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Municipal Election

Nominations for the next general election will be open between January 1, 2021 and September 20, 2021. Signed nomination forms can be dropped off with the Returning Officer from Monday, January 4, 2021 until Noon, Monday September 20, 2021. Prospective candidates filing their nominations must schedule an appointment with the Returning Officer.

Big Lakes County’s electoral structure consists of nine (9) divisions in which resident, in their respective divisions, vote for the local Councillor. Each Council members serves a four- year term. The elected Council elects a Reeve and Deputy Reeve from Council on an annual basis.

Nominations packages can be picked up at the High Prairie Office or at the Kinuso Office.

Information

This information is published as a service to prospective candidates and is not inclusive of all information related to each office, election procedure, and legislation. Each candidate is responsible to comply with all applicable acts, regulations, and bylaws.

Eligibility

All candidates must be eligible to vote in the election and must be:

  • at least 18 years old;
  • a Canadian citizen;
  • be a resident of the local jurisdiction and the ward, if any, for the six consecutive months immediately preceding nomination day;
  • not otherwise ineligible or disqualified.

Candidates are subject to further requirements outlined in the Local Authorities Election Act. Candidates are advised to refer to the Local Authorities Election Act and, if required, obtain legal advice regarding the full extent of their obligations.

Nominations

Nominations must be completed on the prescribed Form 4, Nomination Paper and Candidate's Acceptance and Form 5, Candidate Financial Information. Form 4 must be signed by at least five (5) people eligible to vote in the election and the forms must include original handwritten signatures. Digital signatures are not accepted. It is advisable to have more than the minimum required number of electors sign the form in case one or more signatures are not eligible to nominate. The nomination form states that candidates are required to make an affidavit saying that you are eligible for nomination, not disqualified from office, and that you will accept the office if you are elected. You must swear or affirm that affidavit before a Commissioner for Oaths or the Returning Officer. Returning Officer or delegate are available in person, by appointment.

RELEASE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

The Returning Officer will receive requests for information regarding candidates running for County Councillor in the Municipal Election from organizations, individuals and the media. By completing the Authorization for Release of Personal Information form and submitting along with the Nomination Papers, the Returning Officer will be able to release, upon request, the following information:

  • Candidate's name
  • Contact Phone Number(s)
  • Contact Address
  • Picture
Download Release Form

Unofficial Candidates

According to the nomination package, we will post the candidates that have been nominated on the first Monday of each month beginning on February 2021 at the local jurisdiction office and on the Big Lakes County Facebook page.

Download Candidate List

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Additional Resource

It is strongly encouraged that perspective candidates talk to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) to discuss the position of Councillor further. To schedule a meeting with the CAO please contact the Returning Officer.

Information for Voters

Election Day is Monday, October 18, 2021. Find out what it takes to vote, including who can vote and the identification you’ll need to bring.

Important Dates

Important Dates

Advanced voting is when you cast your ballot before Election Day. Big Lakes County will be offering one advanced voting date:

Thursday, October 7, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Election Day

Election Day

Election Day is Monday, October 18, 2021.

  • Polling stations will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
  • Polling station information can be found below.

Voter Eligibility

Voter Eligibility

You are eligible to vote in the election if:

  • You are at least 18 years old;
  • You are a Canadian Citizen.
  • You reside in Alberta and are a resident of Big Lakes County and ward on election day;
  • You have acceptable voter identification; and
  • You have not voted in this election before

Voter Identification Requirements

Voter Identification Requirements

Proof of identity and current residence is required to be able to vote. Any of the following documents that has your name and address on it will be accepted as valid proof:

  • Operator/Driver's license
  • Government photo identification card (for non-drivers)
  • Proof of Identity and Ordinary Residence issued by the authorized representative of a First Nations band or reserve.
  • Bank/Credit card statement or personal cheque
  • Correspondence issued by a school, college or university
  • Government cheque or cheque stub
  • Income/property tax assessment notice
  • Insurance policy or coverage card
  • Letter from a public curator, public guardian or public trustee
  • One of the following, issued by the responsible authority of a shelter or soup kitchen: Attestation of residence, letter of stay, admission form or statement of benefits
  • Pension Plan statement of benefits, contributions or participation
  • Prescription bottle insert
  • Residential lease or mortgage statement
  • Statement of government benefits, e.g. employment insurance, old-age security, social assistance, disability support or child tax benefit
  • Utility bill, e.g. telephone, public utilities commission, television, hydro, gas or water
  • Vehicle ownership or insurance certificate as required by section 53 of the Local Authorities Election Act or local bylaw.

If a voter’s identification shows a post office box number as the address instead of a residential or legal address, it can be accepted as verification of current address if it is in reasonable distance to the voting jurisdiction.

Ministerial Order No. MSD:065/21 enables the use of band and federal status cards as acceptable forms of identification for the purpose of conducting the elections pursuant to the Alberta Senate Election Act and the Referendum Act.

To view the Ministerial Order MSD:065/21

Where do I Vote?

Where do I Vote?

Eligible voters can cast their vote at the voting station during the Advance Vote or within their division on Election Day. The following polling stations will be used for Election Day on Monday, October 18, 2021:

 

Ward 1 – Heart River/ Salt Prairie

  • Big Lakes County Administration office

Ward 2 – Grouard

  • Northern Lakes College Grouard Room #W102

Ward 3 – Gilwood North/ Triangle

  • Pioneer Thresherman’s Association Triangle Hall

Ward 4 – Kinuso

  • Kinuso Seniors Centre

Ward 5 – Faust

  • Faust Community Gathering Place

Ward 6 – Joussard

  • Joussard Community Hall

Ward 7 – Enilda/ Big Meadow

  • Enilda WI Community Hall

Ward 8 – Banana Belt/ High Prairie East

  • Big Lakes County Administration Office

Ward 9 – Sunset House/ Gilwood South

  • Pioneer Thresherman’s Association Triangle Hall

 

The following polling stations will be used for the Advanced Polls on Thursday, October 7, 2021.

  • Big Lakes County Administration Office (All Divisions)
  • Faust Community Gathering Place (Ward 4, Ward 5 & Ward 6)

 

Please note, that should any divisions have only one candidate and be acclaimed, there will be no vote for a municipal Councillor at the above noted locations. However, these polling stations will still be available to vote in the provincial referendum and senate elections.

First Nation Voting - Senate & Referendum

First Nation Voting - Senate & Referendum

Polling stations will be available on Monday, October 18, 2021 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. to vote in the provincial referendum and senate elections at the following locations:

  • Driftpile First Nation – Joussard Community Hall or Faust Community Gathering Place
  • Kapawe’no First Nation – Northern Lakes College Grouard Room #W102
  • Sucker Creek First Nation – Enilda WI Community Hall or Northern Lakes College Grouard Room #W102

Polling stations for advanced voting will be available on Thursday, October 7, 2021 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Driftpile First Nation – Big Lakes County Administration Office or Faust Community Gathering Place
  • Kapawe'no First Nation – Big Lakes County Administration Office
  • Sucker Creek First Nation – Big Lakes County Administration Office or Faust Community Gathering Place

 

Proof of identity and current residence is required to be able to vote. Any of the following documents that has your name and address on it will be accepted as valid proof:

  • Operator/Driver's license
  • Government photo identification card (for non-drivers)
  • Proof of Identity and Ordinary Residence issued by the authorized representative of a First Nations band or reserve.
  • Bank/Credit card statement or personal cheque
  • Correspondence issued by a school, college or university
  • Government cheque or cheque stub
  • Income/property tax assessment notice
  • Insurance policy or coverage card
  • Letter from a public curator, public guardian or public trustee
  • One of the following, issued by the responsible authority of a shelter or soup kitchen: Attestation of residence, letter of stay, admission form or statement of benefits
  • Pension Plan statement of benefits, contributions or participation
  • Prescription bottle insert
  • Residential lease or mortgage statement
  • Statement of government benefits, e.g. employment insurance, old-age security, social assistance, disability support or child tax benefit
  • Utility bill, e.g. telephone, public utilities commission, television, hydro, gas or water
  • Vehicle ownership or insurance certificateas required by section 53 of the Local Authorities Election Act or local bylaw.

 

If a voter’s identification shows a post office box number as the address instead of a residential or legal address, it can be accepted as verification of current address if it is in reasonable distance to the voting jurisdiction.

 

Ministerial Order No. MSD:065/21 enables the use of band and federal status cards as acceptable forms of identification for the purpose of conducting the elections pursuant to the Alberta Senate Election Act and the Referendum Act.

To view the Ministerial Order MSD:065/21

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The 2017 Municipal Election was held on October 16, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. The next Municipal Election will be October 18, 2021.

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