After having just voted in the recent Federal election, Calgarians are set to show up to the polling stations again on October 18th, 2021 for the city’s municipal election. Voting can be a bit intimidating, but with some preparation, it’ll be a breeze! Keep reading to find out what you need to know so that you can confidently cast your ballot.
HOW TO VOTE
Everyone who is eligible to vote definitely should! You’re eligible if you’re:
- At least 18 years of age
- A Canadian citizen
- A resident of Calgary as of election day
Make sure to bring a government-issued piece of identification with you that shows your full name and address.
To find out where you go to vote, you have to know what ward you live in. A ward is a group of neighbourhoods that elects and is represented by a councillor and there are 14 wards in Calgary. These 14 councillors, along with the mayor, make up the Calgary City Council. To find your ward:
- Use the ‘Where Do I Vote?’ tool and type in your address to see which ward you’re located in
- Use the drop-down menu ‘Election Day – October 18, 2021’ to see the address for your voting location
Once you know what ward you’re in, it’s time to research who’s running for city councillor in your ward!
- Visit the 2021 General Election Candidate list
- Select your ward number
- Filter the list to show who’s running for councillor in your ward
Candidate’s websites are listed here so you can easily get to know each of their campaigns and election priorities. You can also filter this list to show the mayoral candidates and their websites, as well as the list of public and separate school board trustees.
If you’re an MRU student living on campus, you’re in Ward 8! Here are your candidates for City Council:
When you go to your voting station, you will:
- Show your ID
- Fill out your voter statement with your name and address
- Declare if you’re voting for public or separate school board trustees
When you arrive to vote, you’ll be given two pieces of paper, each in a separate folder. One is a municipal ballot, which includes:
- Mayoral candidate list
- City councillor list
- Public or separate school board trustee list
- A yes/no question asking if you’re in favour of reintroducing fluoridation to the municipal water supply
The other is a provincial ballot, which includes a list of nominees for senate if a spot becomes available. To see who’s running visit the 2021 Alberta Senate Candidates list. You can vote for up to 3 senate candidates
There are also two yes/no referenda questions on the provincial ballot:
Question 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?
Equalization payments give federal funding from provinces that are more well-off to provinces that are less well-off. This funding mainly comes from federal taxes and fees, and the goal is to allow all provinces the ability to provide a similar level of services to their citizens.
Question 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?
This question is asking if you would prefer to stay on Mountain Daylight Time and not have to change your clocks twice a year. This means that the sun would rise later in the winter and set earlier in the summer.
All that’s left to do now is vote! Pencils will be provided at your voting station. Fill in your chosen bubbles, and then you get to watch as your papers are fed through a machine that automatically counts your answers.
Now that you’re equipped with all the information, it’s time to head to the polls! For additional voting information, visit calgary.ca/election.html.