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Student Voting

We know that young people who are exposed to the democratic process grow up to be politically engaged citizens.

Elections are a critical piece of making democracy work. Elections are the one opportunity afforded to Albertans that ensures that we all have a say in how we want our province to be managed. Our collective futures rely on the decisions we make today.

Voting is a powerful act that determines who decides the future direction of our province.

This section will help you to get familiar with aspects of the voting process, and it will provide you with information on elections and the election process.

Students that are 16 or 17 years of age are also allowed to work as poll clerks at advance polls and on polling day.

Students attending school outside of Alberta

During an election, a Special (mail-in) Ballot is available to eligible voters who are attending university or college away from home. Voters must be a Canadian Citizen, at least eighteen years of age, and be ordinarily resident in Alberta for six months prior to leaving for school. Ordinary residence is where the student lived immediately before commencing studies outside of Alberta.

Students are eligible to vote in a provincial election if they are:

  • a Canadian citizen
  • at least 18 years old
  • ordinarily resident in Alberta for six months prior to leaving for school

Place of ordinary residence is defined by you, the student. This could be the family home, rental accommodations while you attend school or your own residence.

More information is contained in the guide “Information for Students on Provincial Elections“.