Municipal Election

 

The next municipal election is October 18, 2021.

Official Nominations for the 2021 Municipal Election

The list of nominees for the Town of Whitecourt 2021 Municipal Election is official.
    
Mayor
    Chartrand, Darlene
    Hilts, Ray
    Pickard, Tom

Councillor
    Ashcroft, Chris
    Baker, Tara
    Chauvet, Paul
    Connell, Adam
    Day, Raelene
    Lanctot, Braden
    Lapointe, Serena
    McAree, Bill
    Rose, Ashley
    Schlosser, Derek        

October 5 Candidates Forum

The Whitecourt Chamber of Commerce hosted a Candidates Forum for all Whitecourt candidates on October 5.  The recorded session is available for viewing here.

Important Dates

  • October 13, 2021 - Advance Vote from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Whitecourt Baptist Church Hall (6240 – 47 Street)

  • October 16, 2021 - Advance Vote from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Whitecourt Baptist Church Hall (6240 – 47 Street)

  • October 18, 2021 - Election Day 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Whitecourt Baptist Church Hall (6240 – 47 Street)

    • Institutional Voting will be offered on Election Day at Woodland Villa, Spruceview Seniors Lodge and the Whitecourt Healthcare Centre

Voter Information

Important Dates

  • October 5, 2021 - Whitecourt & District Chamber of Commerce Virtual Candidate Forum via Zoom at 7:00 p.m.  To register to attend click here.

  • October 13, 2021 - Advance Vote from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Whitecourt Baptist Church Hall (6240 – 47 Street)

  • October 16, 2021 - Advance Vote from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Whitecourt Baptist Church Hall (6240 – 47 Street)

  • October 18, 2021 - Election Day 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Whitecourt Baptist Church Hall (6240 – 47 Street)

    • Institutional Voting will be offered on Election Day at Woodland Villa, Spruceview Seniors Lodge and the Whitecourt Healthcare Centre

Voter Eligibility

To be eligible to vote, an elector must be:

  • 18 years old;
  • A Canadian Citizen;
  • Resides in Alberta and the person's place of residence is located in the local jurisdiction on election day.

Bring your ID

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

  • Photo identification issued by a Canadian government or agency, whether federal, provincial or local; 
  • 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; 
  • Pension Plan statement of benefits, contributions or participation; 
  • 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, electricity, gas or water; 
  • Vehicle ownership, registration or insurance certificate

Notice of Election

Eligible voters will have the opportunity to vote for the following elections at the Whitecourt voting station and through Special Ballots:

Special ballot (mail-in) voting

Are you a student attending school outside of Whitecourt?  Are you a snowbird, or do you have a vacation planned in October?

If you are unable to attend either of the Town’s Advance Votes on October 13 or 16; or the General Municipal Election on October 18, you may be eligible to receive a SPECIAL BALLOT.

Voter identification must be submitted as set out in the instructions which will be included in the Special Ballot package.

Complete the Special Ballot Request Form and mail, drop off or email it to:

Town of Whitecourt
5004 – 52 Avenue, Box 509
WHITECOURT, AB  T7S 1N6
Email:    election@whitecourt.ca

Special Ballots MUST be received by Monday, October 18, 2021 at 12 Noon to be deemed valid.

When you GO to vote

  • Remember to bring ID.
  • Wear a mask.
  • Complete the health screening checklist before entering the voting station.
  • Practice physical distancing by staying at least 2m away from voters and workers.
  • Turn off your phone.  Cell phone use is not permitted in the voting station.

Health and safety is a priority

Poll workers will be wearing masks.  There will also be:

  • Hand sanitizer stations.
  • Plexiglass barriers between you and poll workers.
  • Physical distancing.

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.

Notice of Election 

FORM 7RSE
NOTICE OF ELECTION and REQUIREMENTS For VOTER IDENTIFICATION
Local Authorities Election Act
(Sections 12, 35, 46, 53, 74)
Alberta Senate Election Act (Sections 5, 37)
Referendum Act (Section 7)

LOCAL JURISDICTION:    TOWN OF WHITECOURT, PROVINCE OF ALBERTA

Notice is hereby given:

A. That an election will be held for the filling of the following offices:

Office(s) Number of Vacancies
Mayor 1
Councillor 6

B.  That an election will be held for the election of a Senate nominee for the purposes of the Alberta Senate Election Act.

C.   That a vote of the electors will be held on the following referendum question(s) under the Referendum Act.

  1. Equalization – Should Section 36(2) of the Constitution Act, 1982 – Parliament and the government of Canada’s commitment to the principle of making equalization payments – be removed from the constitution?
  2. Daylight Saving Time – Do you want Alberta to adopt year-round Daylight Saving Time, which is summer hours, eliminating the need to change our clocks twice a year?

Voting will take place on the 18th day of October, 2021, between the hours of 10:00am and 8:00pm.  The Voting Station will be located at:

Whitecourt Baptist Church Hall
6240 – 47 Street
WHITECOURT, Alberta

If you are unable to attend the Voting Station on October 18, you can attend an Advance Vote on either October 13, 2021 or October 16, 2021.  Advance Voting Stations have been scheduled from 10:00am to 7:00pm at:

Whitecourt Baptist Church Hall
6240 – 47 Street
WHITECOURT, Alberta

Institutional Votes will also be held at the Spruceview Lodge, Whitecourt Health Care Centre and Woodlands Villa for residents and patients.  Notices of voting times will be posted at the individual locations.

To vote, you MUST produce identification for inspection.  This identification must confirm both the name and address of the elector (voter).  Preferred identification is an Alberta Operator’s (Driver’s) Licence or Identification Card (for non-drivers).  Other forms of authorized identification with both the elector’s name and current residential address are:

  • Bank/credit card statement or personal cheque;
  • Government cheque or cheque stub;
  • Income/property tax assessment notice;
  • Utility bill (telephone, television, power, gas, or water);
  • Vehicle insurance certificate;
  • Statement of government benefits (employment insurance, old age security, social assistance, disability support, child tax benefit); and
  • Attestation of Residence issued by the responsible authority of a supportive living facility or treatment centre, a shelter, or soup kitchen.

as required by Section 53 of the Local Authorities Election Act.

Location of Local Jurisdiction Office:

Whitecourt Town Office
5004 – 52 Avenue
WHITECOURT, Alberta

DATED at the Town of Whitecourt, in the Province of Alberta, this 21 day of September, 2021.                                                                           

Marlene Kellier-Pinchbeck                                     
Returning Officer                                    

Candidate Information

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.

Important Dates

  • January 1 to September 20, 2021 - Nomination Period

  • September 20, 2021 - Nomination Day until 12:00 noon (nomination papers can be delivered to the Town Office (5004 52 Avenue)

  • October 5, 2021 - Whitecourt & District Chamber of Commerce Virtual Candidate Forum at 7:00 p.m.  (Further details on this event will be provided by the Chamber of Commerce closer to the event date.)

  • October 13, 2021 - Advance Vote from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Whitecourt Baptist Church Hall (6240 – 47 Street)

  • October 16, 2021 - Advance Vote from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Whitecourt Baptist Church Hall (6240 – 47 Street)

  • October 18, 2021 - Election Day 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Whitecourt Baptist Church Hall (6240 – 47 Street)

    • Institutional Voting will be offered on Election Day at Woodland Villa, Spruceview Seniors Lodge and the Whitecourt Healthcare Centre

  • October 23, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. - Oaths of Office Ceremony at the Forest Interpretive Centre

  • Council Orientation Session (participation is mandatory):

    • October 21, 2021 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Council Orientation with Whitecourt Administration at the Town Office

    • October 27, 2021 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Governance Session with George Cuff at the Forest Interpretive Centre

    • October 28, 2021 9:00 to 1:00 p.m. - Location to be determined

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.

Election Signage

Learn about guidelines relating to election signage in Whitecourt.

Senate Election and Referendum Vote

The Government of Alberta has added a senate nominee election and referendum vote to the municipal election happening this fall.

Senate Election and Referendum Proclamation

Referendum Questions

A vote of the electors will be held on the following referendum questions under the Referendum Act: 

  1. Should section 36(2) of the Constitution Act, 1982 – Parliament and the government of Canada’s commitment to the principle of making equalization payments – be removed from the constitution?
  2. Do you want Alberta to adopt year-round Daylight Saving Time, which is summer hours, eliminating the need to change our clocks twice a year?

Senate Nominee

The Town is expecting to conduct a senate election in our jurisdiction as part of the October 18, 2021 general election.

For further information about the senate and/or referendum ballots, please visit Elections Alberta.

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. ​