Local Authorities Municipal Election
WHERE CAN I VOTE AND WHO CAN I VOTE FOR?
Advance polls are now closed.
Elections have been called in Divisions 3, 6 and 7.
A list of polling stations that are available on Election Day, October 18, 2021, can be found here.
Polling stations are available in all divisions, included those that are acclaimed (Divisions 1, 2, 4, and 5) in order to provide residents in those areas a place to cast their Senate and Referendum votes.
Unlike candidate votes, residents may cast their Senate and Referendum votes at any one of the nine polling stations within the County.
A list of your candidates can be found here.
Information on the Senate and Referendum votes can be found here.
Click here for a complete list of voting stations, maps and voter identifiation requirements.
If you have questions about where to vote, please call (403) 603-6227
INFORMATION FOR CANDIDATES:
CHANGES TO THE ACT:
Recent changes to the Local Authorities Election Act came into effect on September 1, 2020. A summary of these changes can be found in the information sheet from Alberta Municipal Affairs.
Municipal Affairs has recently released a Candidate Guide when running in a Municipal Election to help candidates become familiar with the process and legislation.
COUNCIL CODE OF CONDUCT:
Council has adopted a Code of Conduct that all Candidates should read and be familiar with.
SIGNAGE – LAND USE BYLAW REQUIREMENTS - UPDATED
Rules surrounding the placement of election signage can be found under the following regulations:
FOOTHILLS COUNTY TEMPORARY SIGN BYLAW 18/2006
The complete Bylaw can be viewed here and states in part:
General Prohibitions and Requirements
3(2) Except as provided in this bylaw, a person shall not place a sign on a highway which
(a) obstructs a traffic control device;
(b) is lit or electrified
(c) is a hazard or dangerous to vehicular or pedestrian traffic,
(d) is inflatable,
(e) is displayed for more than fourteen consecutive days or more than 24 hours following the date any advertised event concludes, whichever is less,
(f) is within 30 meters of an intersection;
(g) is within 2 meters of a curb or edge of any road;
(h) is permanently affixed;
(i) is supported by string, rope, wire or metal stakes and has a sign face larger than 0.6 square meters
(j) displays an intermittent, flashing or rotating light;
(k) is illuminated by a flood light in such a manner as to cause interference or create a hazard to the motoring public
(l) has any moving or rotating parts
(m) bears a legend giving a command such as “stop, stop ahead, turn, caution …” etc. or any legend that in any way imitates a standard or commonly used traffic control device;
(n) is internally lit for use at night;
3(3) Except as provided in this Bylaw, a Person shall not;
(a) attach a sign to any sound attenuation wall;
(b) attach a sign to any standard street light pole or traffic signal pole;
(c) attach a sign to any decorative street light pole;
(d) permit a sign to cause any damage to municipal property;
(e) allow a sign to become unsightly;
(f) place a sign on or within any traffic island median
(g) place a sign within 10 meters of a crosswalk that is not located at an intersection;
(h) place a sign on a fire hydrant.
(i) place a sign on a bridge
(4) A person who places or posts a sign shall legibly state on the sign:
(a) the name of an owner of the sign and the address and phone number of the owner, and the development approval number
(b) the date of posting of the sign
(c) sign ownership label shall not exceed 8 cm x 13 cm.
8(1) Notwithstanding Section 3(2) (e), an election sign may be displayed for more than 14 days, but a person shall not permit an election sign to be displayed for more than 36 hours after the local polls have closed for that election.
8(2) Notwithstanding Section 3(2) (i) an election sign shall not exceed 3.0 square meters
FOOTHILLS COUNTY LAND USE BYLAW:
Campaign signs for Federal, Provincial, Municipal, Regional Health Authority or School Board elections on private property, to a maximum of one (1) sign per lot provided that:
- Such signs are removed within seven (7) days after the election. Candidates must ensure that the site is returned to its previous condition; and
- The consent of the property owner or occupant is obtained prior to the signs being placed.
THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT:
alberta.ca Election Signs - What you need to know before placing election signs on provincial highways
Any questions related to the 2021 Election, can be directed to the Foothills County appointed Returning Officer, Heather McInnes, by email, at Heather.McInnes@foothillscountyab.ca