How to Vote In Person

Voting Process

If you are voting in person at the advance polls or on Election Day, the voting process will follow these steps:

  1. When you enter the polling place, you will be greeted by an election officer who will determine if you are registered to vote.
  2. If you are registered to vote, you will be directed to a polling station. The election officer at the polling station will find your name on the list and will issue you a ballot.
  3. If you are not registered to vote, you will be directed to a table to complete your registration. You will need to show ID and take a declaration. Once you are registered, you will be directed to an election officer who will issue you a ballot.
  4. You will take your ballot behind a voting screen to mark it. To vote for your chosen candidate, mark an X or fill in the circle beside their name.
  5. Take the completed ballot to the ballot box and the election officer will help you to cast your vote.

How to Mark the Ballot

Electors voting on Election Day will receive a ballot listing each of the candidate’s names and political party affiliation, if any for their electoral division. A pencil will be provided in the voting booth (electors may also choose to bring their own pen, marker, pencil, etc). The elector should place an X beside the name of their chosen candidate. Only one candidate may be chosen.

Electors voting at the advance polls will see a different ballot style, as ballots are printed on demand to allow for the vote anywhere service. Electors at these polls will receive a ballot with the candidate names and their political party affiliation, if any, for their electoral division. A sharpie or pen will be provided in the voting booth (electors may also choose to bring their own pen, marker, etc). The elector should fill in the circle beside the name of their chosen candidate. Only one candidate may be chosen.

These ballots look and are marked differently because they are read by vote tabulator equipment. The vote tabulator equipment used by Elections Alberta is verified before and after use, is not connected to the internet in any way, and are used to offer quicker results for the advance polls.

Election Day

Advance Poll


How to Receive a Replacement Ballot

While marking a ballot behind the voting screen, electors may inadvertently tear the ballot or make a mark in a space that does not reflect their vote. To ensure that their vote is clear during the count, it is recommended that the elector request a replacement ballot.

To receive a replacement ballot: 

  1. Return the ballot to the election officer that issued it to you.
  2. Inform them that you made a mistake and you wish to receive a replacement ballot.
  3. They will take your ballot and place it in a separate envelope and issue you a new replacement ballot.
  4. Take the replacement ballot behind a voting screen to mark it.
  5. Once you have deposited your ballot in the ballot box you are not entitled to a replacement ballot.

How to Decline a Ballot

Electors may decline to vote and have this recorded in the poll book. The number of ballots that have been declined in an election are reported in the official results.

To decline a ballot: 

  1. Return the ballot to the election officer that issued it to you.
  2. Inform them you wish to decline to vote.
  3. They will record that you have declined the ballot and will place it in a separate envelope.
  4. The number of declined ballots will be reported as part of the official results.