Writ has been issued for the Fort McMurray- Lac La Biche by-election

February 15, 2022

EDMONTON – Alberta’s Chief Electoral Officer, Glen Resler, confirms that a writ was issued today to administer a by-election in Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche to elect a member to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.

The Chief Electoral Officer has the authority, under Sections 9(1) and 47(1) of the Election Act to appoint returning officers and election clerks. These officers play a vital role in the fair and impartial management of provincial general elections and by-elections.

“Appointments have been made for the returning officer and election clerk in Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche and they are ready to conduct voting in the electoral division,” said Resler.

Election Day is March 15, 2022

Voter Eligibility
Canadian citizens who are at least 18 years of age on election day are eligible to vote if they are an ordinary resident of the electoral division. Electors who are uncertain if they reside in the electoral division of Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche can use the “Where Do I Vote” tool on the Elections Alberta website to determine their eligibility.

Voter Registration
An elector with an Alberta’s Driver’s License or an Alberta Identification Card may register online at www.voterlink.ab.ca until March 2, 2022. To register to vote at an advance poll or on election day, electors must provide authorized identification, which contains their name and shows a residential address in the electoral division. A list of authorized identification can be found on the Elections Alberta website (click “Voters” and then “ID Required to Vote”).

Electors who are already registered to vote at their current residential address do not need to register again.

Key Timelines
Electors have 28 days to vote by Special Ballot beginning today. Special ballots may be completed in the returning office, picked up by a designate of the elector, or mailed to the elector anywhere in the world. Applications can be submitted online at the Elections Alberta website (click “2022 By-Election” and then “Apply for a Special Ballot”).

Candidate nominations are now open and end on February 25, 2022 at 2 p.m.

Advance Polls begin on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 and end on Saturday March 12, 2022

Election Day is March 15, 2022. All polls will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Unofficial results will be available after the polls close on Election Day.

Official results will be announced on March 25, 2022 at 10 a.m.

Electoral Division Information
There are 23,864 electors in Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche. The percentage of voter turnout in the 2019 Provincial General Election for Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche was 58.2% in comparison to the provincial voter turnout of 67.5%.

Returning Officer
The Returning Officer for Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche is Joanne Day. Her office phone number is 1.888.688.5808 and email address is ro.60@elections.ab.ca. Two returning offices have been established for the electoral division:

Fort McMurray Office

Oilsands Discovery Centre
515 MacKenzie Blvd
Fort McMurray, AB T9H 4X3
Phone: 1.888.688.5808

Weekdays 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturdays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Voting Days 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Lac La Biche Satellite Office

Suite 101, 10140 102 Street
Lac La Biche, AB T0A 2C0
Phone: 1.888.688.4808

Weekdays (M, W, F) 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturdays (Feb 19 & March 5) 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Election Day 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Office can be opened by appointment

Employment Opportunities
Applications are being accepted for people interested in working at the advance polls or on election day. Apply at https://jobs.elections.ab.ca/electionofficer/.

For any questions or concerns regarding the provincial by-election, visit elections.ab.ca, call 1-877-422-VOTE, or join on social media at @ElectionsAB on Facebook and Twitter.

Elections Alberta is an independent, non-partisan office of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta responsible for administering provincial elections, by-elections, and referenda.

For more information, contact:

Jason Harley
Communications & Media Lead
Elections Alberta
Phone: 780.886.8433
Email: jason.harley@elections.ab.ca

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