Information for Electors

It is anticipated that a senate election and provincial referendum vote will occur with the 2021 municipal elections. Should these occur, electors will receive a ballot to select their preferred senate nominees, as well as respond on any referendum questions when they go to vote at their municipal election. Jurisdictions that are not holding a local election on October 18, such as special areas, summer villages, improvement districts, Lloydminster, Metis Settlements and First Nation communities will also have voting opportunities provided within their jurisdiction or by partnering within the area with other local jurisdictions.

FAQ

  • There have been four previous senate elections in Alberta, in 1989, 1998, 2004 and 2012. In each election, electors voted for the senate candidates that they wished to put forward to the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada for filling future vacancies related to Alberta in the Senate of Canada. These names are put forward by the Government of Alberta for consideration by the federal government. The Alberta Senate Election Act is provincial legislation and the candidates selected are not binding on the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada.

    In the previous four senate elections, nine senate nominees have been selected. Of these, five have received appointments to the Senate of Canada.

    It is anticipated that a senate election will be held in conjunction with the municipal elections to identify the senate nominees to put forward to the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada for future vacancies related to Alberta.

  • The Order in Council will include the number of senate nominees that are to be selected through the senate election process. It is unknown at this time how many senate nominees may be selected.

  • The Order in Council will include the referendum questions that are to be voted on. As per the Referendum Act these may include constitutional or non-constitutional questions.

  • Eligible electors are at least 18 years of age, Canadian citizens and resident in the local jurisdiction in Alberta in which they wish to vote.

  • Electors may only cast their ballot in the senate election and referendum vote once. Electors that reside in more than one municipality must designate one residence as their place of residence for the purposes of voting, considering the following (in order of precedence):

    • The address on their AB Driver’s Licence or Identification Card,
    • The address where their income tax correspondence is delivered, or
    • The address where their mail is addressed and delivered.

    For electors with residences in summer villages, only permanent residents of the summer village may designate the summer village as their place of residence for the purposes of voting in the senate election and referendum vote.