The next municipal election is October 18, 2021.
In accordance with the Local Authorities Election Act (LAEA) citizens who are considering running in the next Municipal Election are accountable for ensuring their own eligibility. Please reference the LAEA to determine your eligibility as a candidate.
Candidate Information Package
The Province has also created A Candidate's Guide: Running for Municipal Office in Alberta.
AUMA has created a webpage specifically for candidates thinking of running for office that provides further information on the role of elected officials.
Forms required for nomination:
For a list of all election forms for the municipal election visit the Government of Alberta website.
January 1 to September 20, 2021 - Nomination Period
September 20, 2021 - Nomination Day
October 13, 2021 - Advance Vote from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (location to be announced)
October 16, 2021 - Advance Vote from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (location to be announced)
October 18, 2021 - Election Day 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (location to be announced)
Automated Vote Counting
The Town of Whitecourt will be using electronic tabulators for the municipal election. Many municipalities across Canada now use electronic tabulators as they offer a secure, accurate, and reliable voting solution. As always, the Town of Whitecourt’s goal for the municipal election is to maintain voter confidence, enhance voter experience, and ensure accurate and timely results. Bylaw 1487 and all amendments thereto outlines procedures for electronic voting.
Learn about guidelines relating to election signage in Whitecourt.
To be eligible to vote, an elector must be:
- 18 years old;
- A Canadian Citizen;
- A resident in Alberta; and,
- The elector's place of residence must be located in the local jurisdiction on election day (Section 47 of the Local Authoritie Election Act)
All voters will be required to provide identification prior to obtaining a ballot. Below is a link to acceptable forms of identification.
Third party advertisers
Recent amendments to the Local Authorities Election Act include rules governing the finances and accountability of third parties that intend to engage in election advertising. Election advertising is the transmission to the public by any means during an election period (May 1 to October 18, 2021) of an advertising message that promotes or opposes the election of a candidate, or the vote on a question or bylaw.
Third parties that intend to engage in election advertising are required to register with the municipality or school board they intend to advertise in. To register, Form 27 must be completed and returned prior to any advertising to the Town of Whitecourt Administration Office (5004 52 Avenue, Box 509, Whitecourt AB T7S 1N6).
Note: Municipal Elections are governed by the Local Authorities Election Act (LAEA), R.S.A. 2000, C L-21. The information on this page is provided for convenience of reference only. Additionally, third party advertisers are subject to further requirements in the LAEA. Third party advertisers are advised to refer to the LAEA and obtain legal advice regarding the full extent of their obligations.