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2018 Provincial Enumeration

Why are we conducting the enumeration?

Per section 21 of the Election Act, Elections Alberta is required to conduct an enumeration, prior to the next general election, to ensure that the voter’s list is up-to-date.

When is the enumeration?

Enumerators will begin visiting homes across Alberta, starting on September 8, 2018. The enumeration period runs until September 30, 2018.

What information does the enumerator collect?

When you receive your visit, the enumerator will ask you to confirm your voter information, or will ask you to provide information on all eligible voters and future voters at your residence.

Information you may need to confirm or provide:

  • Address Information
    • Urban – Physical Address
      • unit number, house number, street name or number, city, and postal code
    • Rural – Physical Address
      • 9-1-1 Address, Legal Land Description or Lot-Block-Plan address
    • Mailing Address (if different)
  • Elector Information
    • Full Name (First, Middle, Last)
    • Date of Birth (Day, Month, Year)
    • Gender (Male, Female, Other)
    • Telephone Number

This is so we can prepare the voter’s list – prior to the next provincial general election.

Why should I participate?

There are many benefits to updating your registration. By providing your information to the enumerator, your name will appear on the voter’s list when you go to vote in 2019; and, it also ensures that you will receive both a “Where to Vote” card in the mail – and that you receive faster, more efficient services at the poll.

How do I recognize an official Elections Alberta enumerator?

All enumerators are required to carry a numerically sequenced identification badge and wear a high visibility vest. They will also have a tablet, which is used to collect the data you provide.

If the person at your door does not meet this description, you may refuse to provide information. In this instance, request a “We Missed You” card. A legitimate enumerator will be able to provide you with this card so you may register in a more comfortable manner.

NOTE: You may also request to see the enumerator’s identification to verify their identity; and, if you wish, you can record the badge number for verification. 

Are you eligible to register?

To be eligible to vote, you must be:

* We are also collecting information on future voters (16-17 year olds), who may register if they meet the other criteria above. They will be added to the voter’s list upon their 18th birthday. 

Can I register online? by phone?

Starting August 1, 2018, online and call centre registration will be available.

In order to register online, you must have an Alberta Driver’s License number or Alberta Identification Card number. This information is used to prove your identity. If you are unable to provide one of these numbers, you can contact our call centre to register, or wait for an enumerator to visit.

  • Call Centre Hours of Operation:
    • 8:15am – 8:00pm (Weekdays), and
    • 10:00am – 4:00pm (Weekends / Holidays)
  • Online registration is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Click here to complete your registration online

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • I tried to go online to register, but it did not accept my driver's licence or Alberta identification card number...

    Follow these steps to continue forward:

    1. Confirm the spelling of your name matches exactly what appears on your card.
    2. If you have only an initial on your card, try using the full name instead.
    3. If all else fails, contact our call centre at 1-877-422-VOTE (8683).
  • I've never had to register before... / Why do I have to register now?

    Regardless of whether you’ve registered in the past or not, we still need all Albertans to confirm their information, or process a new registration, prior to the upcoming general election. This is to ensure that our voters list is as accurate as possible.

    Note that you have likely registered before – if you have voted before. This is because: all persons, prior to receiving their ballot, must be registered and added to the voter’s list.

    If you don’t remember registering, that’s okay. It’s forgettable because it’s that quick and easy! Why not take a couple of minutes now? – Click here to confirm/register.

    Alberta’s last enumeration took place in 2011.

  • Can 16 year old persons vote?

    We are collecting information on future voters (16-17 year olds), who may register at this time; however, they cannot vote until their 18th birthday.

  • Border refugees are being issued driver's licences! Does this mean they can register to vote?

    No. By law, all voters must be Canadian citizens.

    As new refugees do not hold citizenship status, they are unable to register or participate in the upcoming election. However, if a refugee resides in Canada long enough to apply for Citizenship, upon their grant of Citizenship, they may participate in the vote like any other Citizen.

  • This must be some kind of scam. Why would you want my information online?

    Online registration is only one of several means to register; and, while many people prefer the speed and convenience of being able to provide their information online, if you are not comfortable doing so, you may contact our call centre or wait for a door visit from an Elections Alberta enumerator.

    The enumeration is not a scam though. It is authorised by the Legislative Assembly of Alberta under Section 21 of the Election Act.

  • When can I expect to receive a visit from an enumerator?

    Starting on September 8, until September 30, our enumerators will attempt to visit you up to three times – if you have not already registered.

    Door-to-door visits may occur between 9:00 am and 8:00 pm, on different days and at different times throughout the period.

    If you are not home, you will receive a ‘We Missed You’ card, which gives instruction on how to register to vote online or by phone.

  • What information is being collected?

    Elections Alberta is collecting addressing information; and, the full name, date of birth, gender, and telephone number for each eligible elector and future voter.

    Note: you must provide a physical address for registration. This is not always the same as your mailing address. For more information on physical addressing, please contact our call centre.

  • Will I still be visited, if I go online or call?

    No. Once we have completed your registration, you should not receive another visit from our enumerators. 

    Click here to complete your registration online

  • What if there are no eligible electors at my residence?

    Please contact our call centre at 1-877-422-VOTE (8683) to inform us, so that you do not continue to receive visits from an enumerator. Alternatively, you may inform the enumerator when they visit your residence.

    • Call Centre Hours of Operation:
      • 8:15am – 8:00pm (Weekdays), and
      • 10:00am – 4:00pm (Weekends)
  • I study away from home. How do I register?

    Studying within the province:

    If you are living away from your place of ordinary residence while you study, you may choose to register to:

    1.  the place you were living before you began your studies; or
    2. the place where you are living while pursuing your studies.

    What if I am out-of-province or abroad?

    If you intend to return to Alberta, use your Alberta address as your ordinary residence.

    These residency provisions also apply to your spouse, partner, or dependent, if living away with you.

  • I work away from home or will be absent during enumeration. How do I register?

    You should register using your ordinary residence’s address. See below for situational examples:

    Working within the Province

    A person ordinarily from Edmonton, who is working in Fort McMurray, but intends to return to Edmonton, must vote using their Edmonton address. Register at your Edmonton address.

    Away from Alberta

    A retiree who resides in Nanton, who has been snowbirding in Arizona for the last six months, but intends to return to Canada, must vote using their Nanton address.

    If you are uncertain, contact us. We can help you make the correct determination. 

  • What happens if I do not provide any information?

    You will not be added to the voter’s list; and, should you decide to vote, you will experience delays at the polls.

    This is because, in order to vote, you must appear on the list prior to being issued a ballot. If you are not on the voter’s list, you will have to visit with a registration officer, complete a declaration of elector form, and provide identification at the poll.

  • When is the next election?

    By legislation, the next provincial general election is scheduled to occur between March 1 and May 31, 2019.

    Alberta does not have a fixed election date.

  • I ticked the box on the federal tax forms. Why do I have to do this?

    Tax form information is provided to our federal counterpart, Elections Canada, and not to Elections Alberta.

  • What information is shared with political parties, candidates, and election officers?

    Only your name, address and telephone number are disclosed to political entities.

  • Is my information safe?

    Any information collected is protected by law, under the Election Act. Best practices for security are followed in every step of our enumeration process.

    View our privacy and security policy.

  • I am interested in working. Am I still able to apply?

    Enumerator jobs continue to be available in select areas of the province.

    See our jobs page here.