Who Can Vote?

A person is eligible to vote if they are:

(a) at least 18 years old,

(b) a Canadian citizen, and

(c) a resident in Alberta, where the person’s place of residence is located in the local jurisdiction on election day.

If you are unsure if you are eligible, refer to commonly asked questions on eligibility below, or speak to your local Returning Officer. They can help you determine if you can vote. Find them here.


  • 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.
  • 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. Permanent residents of the summer village do not need to be named on the certificate of title as the person who owns property within a summer village in order to be eligible.

  • Yes, all eligible electors in Alberta are entitled to vote in the senate election and referendum vote. To find what voting options are available for your community, please use our Where do I Vote? page.

  • The Local Authorities Election Act states the following regarding a student’s eligibility to vote:

    Rules of residence
    48(1) For the purposes of this Act, the place of residence is governed by the following rules:

    (d) subject to clause (e), a student who

    (i) attends an educational institution within or outside Alberta,

    (ii) temporarily rents accommodation for the purpose of attending an educational institution, and

    (iii) has family members who are resident in Alberta and with whom the student ordinarily resides when not attending an educational institution is deemed to reside with those family members;

    (e) if a person leaves the area with the intention of making the person’s residence elsewhere, the person loses the person’s residence within the area.