Candidates are required to follow the requirements set out in the Local Authorities Election Act.
The 2021 Election Nomination Guide has been developed to answer the questions most frequently asked by candidates for Mayor and Council. It is not a replacement for legal advice. It is the candidate's responsibility to be familiar with the legislation. Candidates are encouraged to obtain a copy of the Local Authorities Election Act (LAEA) and the Municipal Government Act (MGA) from Alberta Queen's Printer.
Note: Additions or revisions to the guide will be posted on this page. All election forms will be added to this guide in early January 2021.
The 2021 Election Nomination Forms are now available. The nomination form and a deposit of $100.00 (cash, certified cheque, or money order payable to Strathcona County) must be filed with the Election Office between January 1, 2021 and 12 noon on September 20, 2021.
Filing of the nomination form and deposit may be done in person by appointment, by mail, or by courier. To schedule an in person appointment, contact the Election Office at 780-400-3800. If the nomination form is sent by mail or courier, the prospective candidate is responsible for ensuring that the form is received by the Election Office before close of nominations at 12 noon on September 20, 2021.
Candidates must be a resident of the municipality and/or ward in which they seek to be nominated. Residency must be maintained for at least six months preceding Nomination Day.
Candidates must be eligible to vote in the election.
Candidates should review the Local Authorities Election Act to determine their eligibility for nomination.
When can I file my nomination form?
A person may file a nomination to become a candidate for the 2021 municipal election beginning on January 1, 2021 and ending at 12 noon on September 20, 2021. Alternatively, nomination forms with a deposit may be mailed or couriered to the Election Office.
Campaign contributions and expenses
Recent amendments to the Local Authorities Election Act changed the campaign finance requirements including:
- campaign finance and contribution disclosure;
- corporate and union donations;
- fundraising contributions;
- campaign spending limits;
- campaign bank accounts;
- Nomination Period, definition of a candidate and Campaign Period;
- campaign donation surplus;
- campaign deficits; and
- definition of campaign expenses.
It is the responsibility of candidates to ensure they are in compliance with the LAEA. A summary of the recent changes can be found in the fact sheet from Alberta Municipal Affairs below:
Collection and use of personal information
Personal information is collected under the authority of section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and will be used to manage and administer Strathcona County's eNewsletters. If you have questions regarding the collection, use or disclosure of this information contact Strathcona County's Communications director at 780-410-6595.
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