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2000 Confirmation Process

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Overview
Mapping Activities
Conduct of the Process
Challenges
Partnerships with Municipalities
Partnership with Elections Canada
Timeline
Points of Interest
Advertising
Financial Analysis (Financial Addendum)
Optional Information Contained in the Register — Table 1

Overview…. The Register of Electors was updated through a door-to-door Confirmation Process in the period from August 26 to September 11, 2000 under the authority of Section 11(2)(c) of the Election Act. The activity was conducted in order to provide an updated List of Electors to the registered political parties in the fourth year following the 1997 General Election, in accordance with Section 16(1)(b) of the Election Act. Lists of Electors were made available in both paper and electronic format.Elector information collected during the November 1996 general enumeration formed the basis of the permanent Register of Electors. The Register is an electronic database containing elector information, which is continuously updated and used to prepare Lists of Electors, when required. Prior to the Confirmation Process, the Register of Electors was updated through direct elector request, and through information provided by Alberta Vital Statistics, which facilitated the deletion of deceased electors from the Register.

Additional sources of electronic information will be evaluated in the future for possible use in updating elector data.

Mapping Activities…. Elector information was collected based on the boundaries described in the Electoral Divisions Act. Although the electoral division boundaries were unchanged since the 1997 General Election, revisions were made to the polling subdivision boundaries by provincial Returning Officers to accommodate changes in population and communities of interest. A mapping review took place from October to November 1998, and final adjustments were made in July 2000, just prior to the commencement of the Confirmation Process.

Conduct of the Process…. For the first time, Lists of Electors were prepared using information that had been collected for a previous electoral event. Confirmation Officials went door-to-door to confirm that elector information contained in the Register was accurate. Additions, deletions and revisions were recorded at the same time. This streamlined process reduced the amount of information that many electors were required to provide. It also reduced the information that had to be collected, data entered, and verified following the Confirmation Process. This approach allowed for increased timeliness of the project and decreased the likelihood of error. It also provided a quantifiable standard to judge the progress of Confirmation Officials. Additional effort was directed to areas in which reduced elector populations were noted.

The goal in the Confirmation Process was to make contact with electors in 95% of the residences across the province. This goal was met and, in some electoral divisions, exceeded. Confirmation Officials visited each residence at least three times, if necessary. Electors who were not contacted were left a “We Missed You” card asking them to contact the Confirmation Official for inclusion in the Register, and on subsequent Lists of Electors.

Electors who provided information were left a “Thank You” card which advised them of the purpose of the data collection, including the possibility that their information could be shared with municipal and federal electoral agencies for electoral purposes. The cards also provided the Returning Officer’s name and telephone number to provide electors with the opportunity to ask questions or voice concerns.

Some electors voiced the opinion that names collected during the November 1996 general enumeration should have remained on subsequent Lists of Electors. However, it was decided that electors who did not confirm their information during the Confirmation Process would have their names deleted from the Register of Electors and subsequent Lists. This policy was indicated on the “We Missed You” cards left at residences where electors were not contacted.

The decision proved to be a sound one, based on final results of the data collection. It was discovered that information for only one in three electors was confirmed without any revision being necessary. Including the names of the ninety thousand electors that could not be contacted, instead of deleting them, would have resulted in approximately sixty thousand incorrect entries in the Register of Electors, based on the outcome experienced.

Challenges…. It is always a challenge to raise, train and manage a workforce of close to five thousand people. This challenge was ably addressed by the Returning Officers using standardized training prepared by Elections Alberta.

Many electors are very conscious of personal security, so Confirmation Officials’ identification was designed to be easily visible by a resident elector looking through a window. Unique identification was assigned to each Confirmation Official to allow for follow-up where necessary.

An increasing number of housing developments, especially apartments, restricts access to anyone other than residents. The Election Act, at Section 26, provides legislated access for entry by Confirmation Officials. Even so, gaining access is sometimes difficult, especially if non-resident building managers are not available.

Even in residences with ready access, it can be difficult to contact electors. The hours that people are available at home are often very limited. This made it difficult for some Confirmation Officials to successfully contact electors at the approximate two hundred residences to which they were assigned.

These problems are sometimes compounded in rural areas, where the significant distance between residences requires an additional time commitment on the part of Confirmation Officials. Poor weather and road conditions contributed to make this a difficult task in some rural areas.

While the concept of collecting elector data door-to-door has some inherent difficulties, direct elector contact is still a very effective method to collect timely, accurate information. It is also an extremely equitable method of List of Elector development, since each residence is visited and no elector groups are overlooked.

Partnerships with Municipalities…. In June 1999, the Chief Electoral Officer contacted all city municipalities in the province to explore the possibility of collaborating to collect elector data. Many municipalities collect information similar to that required for List of Elector preparation when civic census data is collected.

Two municipalities collected elector information for consolidation into the Register. Data was collected by census workers in April 2000 in the City of Red Deer, and in May 2000 in the section of the Municipal District of Wood Buffalo that formerly encompassed the City of Fort McMurray. The elector information was passed to provincial Returning Officers for data entry in both municipalities.

Residents of both municipalities were informed of the purpose of the data collection, including the sharing arrangement, in accordance with the intent of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Partnership with Elections Canada…. Updated elector data was shared with Elections Canada, in accordance with Section 11(7) of the Election Act. An agreement was concluded in October 2000, which allows Elections Alberta to share Register of Electors data with Elections Canada for electoral purposes. In accordance with the contract, $750,000 was received from the federal electoral agency and deposited to the General Revenue Fund of Alberta.

Revisions obtained during the November 2000 federal general election were not integrated into the Provincial Lists of Electors. Although a sharing agreement was in place, elector data contained in the National Register of Electors could not be incorporated into the provincial Register due to legislative differences regarding residency requirements. There is a six-month residency requirement in the provincial legislation which is not reflected in the federal legislation. Therefore, some electors would appear on the Federal Lists of Electors who are not eligible for inclusion on Provincial Lists of Electors.

The possibility of receiving updated elector data from the National Register of Electors, managed by Elections Canada, will be explored in the future to facilitate electronic updating of Alberta’s Register.

Timeline…. A Confirmation of elector information took place in Edmonton-Highlands from March 8 to March 20, 2000. Elector information was updated to prepare a List of Electors for a possible by-election following the February 2, 2000 resignation of the sitting Member.

Elector information was collected by census workers, in conjunction with census data, in the electoral divisions of Red Deer-North and Red Deer-South in April 2000.

Elector information was collected by census workers, in conjunction with census data, in the electoral division of Fort McMurray in May 2000.

A Confirmation of elector information took place in Lacombe-Stettler from May 27 to June 10, 2000 to assess the effectiveness of the process and resources in a rural area.

Returning Officers were appointed by Order in Council to conduct the Confirmation Process. Training sessions were held in the first half of August 2000 to prepare them for their responsibilities in managing the data collection and data entry process.

The Confirmation Process commenced on August 26, 2000 and, in thirty-four electoral divisions, concluded on September 11. In twenty-nine electoral divisions, the Confirmation Process continued until September 18 to allow Confirmation Officials one extra weekend to contact electors. This was necessary due to staffing issues and other circumstances beyond the control of the Returning Officers.

Returning Officers in the following fifteen electoral divisions extended the data collection period after consultation with the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer. Extensions were granted where the data collection was not sufficiently thorough to meet the required standards.

Electoral Division Number of Polling Subdivisions in
which Extensions were Granted
Date of Data
Collection Completion
Athabasca-Wabasca 2 September 27
Lesser Slave Lake 9 September 26
Calgary-Bow 3 September 19
Calgary-Buffalo 4 September 24
Calgary-East 4 September 22
Calgary-McCall 1 September 22
Calgary-Mountain View 2 September 22
Edmonton-Castle Downs 1 September 22
Edmonton-Centre 4 September 24
Edmonton-Gold Bar 7 September 22
Edmonton-Strathcona 23 September 25
Banff-Cochrane 2 September 25
Drumheller-Chinook 2 September 19
Grande Prairie-Smoky 6 September 22
Stony Plain 3 September 22

Points of Interest…. Confirmation Officials conducted their door-to-door activities singly, rather than with partners, unless it was decided that a second Confirmation Official was needed for reasons of personal security. The Office of the Chief Electoral Officer provided specific instruction for those Confirmation Officials who worked alone and there were no reports of difficulties relating to this employment arrangement.

Over 630,000 electors indicated that their address and personal information held in the Register was correct and could be confirmed without any changes. In effect, only one-third of overall Register data was still correct after the four years between the previous enumeration and the 2000 Confirmation Process.

Over 400,000 electors remained at the same address but indicated that changes were needed to their personal information. Confirmation Officials recorded changes to names, dates of birth, telephone numbers, and genders.

Over 434,000 electors were deleted from the address at which they were recorded in the Register.

Over 776,000 electors were added to the Lists of Electors or were recorded at a new address. They included electors who had turned eighteen, who had attained the citizenship or residency requirements, and those who had been missed at the 1996 enumeration. Electors at over 182,000 new residences provided information to Confirmation Officials.

Lists of Electors for the province grew by 9.74% from November 1996 to August 2000. That exceeds the overall population growth of 7.21% for that period, indicating that the quality of information continues to improve.

It is necessary to obtain a limited amount of personal information to facilitate the identification of electors in order to revise the Register electronically. This information is provided by electors on an optional basis. Following the conclusion of the Confirmation Period, 80% of electors had provided dates of birth and 93% had provided gender information. It is important to note that this information is used internally for administrative purposes only, and does not appear on Lists of Electors. Appropriate safeguards have been established to ensure that private information is kept strictly confidential.

Telephone numbers, which are also provided on an optional basis, were provided by 74% of electors. Telephone numbers appear on the Lists of Electors, so electors were notified of this use and asked to provide only telephone numbers that are publicly listed in telephone directories.

A breakdown, by electoral division, illustrating optional information currently contained in the Register is shown on Table 1.

Advertising…. Advertisements were placed in newspapers of general circulation to inform electors of the Confirmation Process. Weekly advertisements included information on voter eligibility, electoral division boundaries, timelines for data collection, and the purpose of the data collection. The advertisements included a telephone number for electors to contact with questions or concerns. Toll-free access was available during the Confirmation Process to assist electors outside of the Edmonton calling area.

Financial Analysis…. The breakdown of costs for the 2000 Confirmation Process will appear in the Financial Addendum to this Report.

Table 1: Optional Information Contained in the Register 

Electoral Division

Electors (May 2001)

Dates of Birth
Received

Genders
Received

Telephone Numbers
Received

1

Athabasca-Wabasca

12,598

9,125

72.43%

12,473

99.01%

9,591

76.13%

2

Lesser Slave Lake

14,200

11,148

78.51%

12,666

89.20%

8,221

57.89%

3

Calgary-Bow

23,045

14,702

63.80%

20,245

87.85%

14,558

63.17%

4

Calgary-Buffalo

24,500

15,418

62.93%

21,919

89.47%

13,057

53.29%

5

Calgary-Cross

21,708

13,539

62.37%

18,740

86.33%

14,118

65.04%

6

Calgary-Currie

22,809

15,482

67.88%

19,556

85.75%

15,694

68.81%

7

Calgary-East

20,476

12,932

63.16%

19,741

96.41%

14,105

68.89%

8

Calgary-Egmont

26,419

22,664

85.79%

25,623

96.99%

22,219

84.10%

9

Calgary-Elbow

24,693

15,311

62.01%

22,646

91.71%

15,164

61.41%

10

Calgary-Fish Creek

22,201

17,819

80.26%

21,005

94.61%

19,149

86.25%

11

Calgary-Foothills

33,736

25,814

76.52%

31,499

93.37%

25,559

75.76%

12

Calgary-Fort

22,813

17,167

75.25%

21,056

92.30%

18,226

79.89%

13

Calgary-Glenmore

22,934

18,067

78.78%

21,917

95.57%

17,871

77.92%

14

Calgary-Lougheed

22,018

16,533

75.09%

21,371

97.06%

17,405

79.05%

15

Calgary-McCall

23,918

14,777

61.78%

20,436

85.44%

17,135

71.64%

16

Calgary-Montrose

21,255

16,206

76.25%

19,769

93.01%

17,240

81.11%

17

Calgary-Mountain View

22,950

15,629

68.10%

21,401

93.25%

14,932

65.06%

18

Calgary-North Hill

22,359

16,278

72.80%

20,279

90.70%

16,620

74.33%

19

Calgary-North West

38,382

31,884

83.07%

35,960

93.69%

32,692

85.18%

20

Calgary-Nose Creek

33,526

23,906

71.31%

30,212

90.12%

24,959

74.45%

21

Calgary-Shaw

49,380

43,482

88.06%

48,528

98.27%

43,551

88.20%

22

Calgary-Varsity

23,190

14,750

63.61%

19,391

83.62%

16,580

71.50%

23

Calgary-West

31,935

22,960

71.90%

28,441

89.06%

23,618

73.96%

24

Edmonton-Beverly-Clareview

21,291

16,507

77.53%

19,941

93.66%

14,305

67.19%

25

Edmonton-Calder

23,476

18,273

77.84%

21,281

90.65%

17,099

72.84%

26

Edmonton-Castle Downs

24,526

20,268

82.64%

24,040

98.02%

21,197

86.43%

27

Edmonton-Centre

22,055

16,536

74.98%

19,731

89.46%

14,174

64.27%

28

Edmonton-Ellerslie

19,173

15,765

82.23%

17,831

93.00%

16,048

83.70%

29

Edmonton-Glengarry

21,637

17,444

80.62%

20,297

93.81%

16,788

77.59%

30

Edmonton-Glenora

21,026

16,540

78.66%

19,766

94.01%

15,479

73.62%

31

Edmonton-Gold Bar

23,266

19,475

83.71%

21,362

91.82%

18,744

80.56%

32

Edmonton-Highlands

21,111

14,934

70.74%

17,689

83.79%

13,616

64.50%

33

Edmonton-Manning

25,921

19,507

75.26%

23,532

90.78%

19,693

75.97%

34

Edmonton-McClung

24,284

18,758

77.24%

15,573

64.13%

16,568

68.23%

35

Edmonton-Meadowlark

22,404

17,014

75.94%

20,577

91.85%

16,873

75.31%

36

Edmonton-Mill Creek

26,097

17,759

68.05%

22,399

85.83%

17,463

66.92%

37

Edmonton-Mill Woods

18,506

14,666

79.25%

17,310

93.54%

14,640

79.11%

38

Edmonton-Norwood

19,287

14,658

76.00%

17,778

92.18%

12,655

65.61%

39

Edmonton-Riverview

23,069

16,419

71.17%

20,254

87.80%

14,865

64.44%

40

Edmonton-Rutherford

22,534

18,194

80.74%

20,728

91.99%

17,665

78.39%

41

Edmonton-Strathcona

24,037

15,164

63.09%

18,781

78.13%

13,843

57.59%

42

Edmonton-Whitemud

30,270

25,764

85.11%

29,262

96.67%

25,454

84.09%

43

Airdrie-Rocky View

29,734

21,148

71.12%

24,892

83.72%

22,298

74.99%

44

Banff-Cochrane

26,654

20,329

76.27%

24,097

90.41%

19,610

73.57%

45

Barrhead-Westlock

16,613

14,730

88.67%

15,578

93.77%

14,886

89.60%

46

Bonnyville-Cold Lake

16,621

14,617

87.94%

16,091

96.81%

14,331

86.22%

47

Cardston-Taber-Warner

18,371

15,887

86.48%

17,581

95.70%

15,856

86.31%

48

Clover Bar-Fort Saskatchewan

25,389

21,935

86.40%

24,721

97.37%

21,904

86.27%

49

Cypress-Medicine Hat

19,688

17,463

88.70%

19,197

97.51%

17,857

90.70%

50

Drayton Valley-Calmar

18,346

15,012

81.83%

16,651

90.76%

15,245

83.10%

51

Drumheller-Chinook

15,877

14,109

88.86%

14,799

93.21%

13,719

86.41%

52

Dunvegan

15,832

12,172

76.88%

14,014

88.52%

12,942

81.75%

53

Fort McMurray

23,612

19,937

84.44%

23,549

99.73%

20,653

87.47%

54

Grande Prairie-Smoky

20,948

15,461

73.81%

18,303

87.37%

15,080

71.99%

55

Grande Prairie-Wapiti

19,489

16,406

84.18%

18,583

95.35%

17,481

89.70%

56

Highwood

29,372

24,285

82.68%

27,850

94.82%

25,473

86.73%

57

Innisfail-Sylvan Lake

23,799

18,965

79.69%

21,340

89.67%

21,289

89.45%

58

Lac La Biche-St. Paul

15,508

11,863

76.50%

13,546

87.35%

13,513

87.14%

59

Lacombe-Stettler

20,816

16,404

78.80%

17,913

86.05%

18,023

86.58%

60

Leduc

24,194

20,083

83.01%

23,062

95.32%

20,307

83.93%

61

Lethbridge-East

23,683

20,282

85.64%

23,178

97.87%

20,332

85.85%

62

Lethbridge-West

24,505

19,804

80.82%

23,214

94.73%

20,621

84.15%

63

Little Bow

18,573

14,878

80.11%

17,071

91.91%

15,710

84.59%

64

Livingstone-Macleod

24,240

13,533

55.83%

15,561

64.20%

12,635

52.12%

65

Medicine Hat

25,043

20,381

81.38%

23,680

94.56%

19,782

78.99%

66

Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills

21,231

17,348

81.71%

20,824

98.08%

17,985

84.71%

67

Peace River

16,036

12,291

76.65%

14,089

87.86%

12,656

78.92%

68

Ponoka-Rimbey

16,050

14,051

87.55%

15,549

96.88%

13,699

85.35%

69

Red Deer-North

20,763

16,465

79.30%

19,520

94.01%

17,118

82.44%

70

Red Deer-South

24,739

19,793

80.01%

22,791

92.13%

20,697

83.66%

71

Redwater

21,438

19,100

89.09%

20,796

97.01%

18,623

86.87%

72

Rocky Mountain House

19,962

16,800

84.16%

18,355

91.95%

17,509

87.71%

73

St. Albert

28,394

24,054

84.72%

27,466

96.73%

23,746

83.63%

74

Sherwood Park

31,532

27,229

86.35%

30,151

95.62%

26,382

83.67%

75

Spruce Grove-Sturgeon-St. Albert

23,631

19,372

81.98%

22,496

95.20%

19,315

81.74%

76

Stony Plain

23,482

18,409

78.40%

21,394

91.11%

18,538

78.95%

77

Strathmore-Brooks

24,110

20,483

84.96%

23,209

96.26%

20,458

84.85%

78

Vegreville-Viking

19,102

17,743

92.89%

18,592

97.33%

17,722

92.78%

79

Vermilion-Lloydminster

19,669

17,208

87.49%

19,069

96.95%

17,205

87.47%

80

Wainwright

19,178

16,869

87.96%

17,953

93.61%

16,755

87.37%

81

West Yellowhead

18,832

14,062

74.67%

16,135

85.68%

14,184

75.32%

82

Wetaskiwin-Camrose

22,550

19,882

88.17%

21,569

95.65%

20,094

89.11%

83

Whitecourt-Ste. Anne

20,285

16,408

80.89%

18,083

89.14%

15,559

76.70%

Totals

1,902,906

1,486,489

78.12%

1,745,518

91.73%

1,487,225

78.16%

Financial Addendum
The financial addendum is based on data compiled as of August 31, 2001. Experience has shown that bills for election expenses continue to be presented several months after the service has been provided. Where these expenses are known or can be estimated, the data has been included in the figures contained in this addendum.

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