Alberta Election 2015: Voting 101

WATCH: Drew Westwater with Elections Alberta answers all your burning voting questions in less than three minutes.  

EDMONTON — Election day in Alberta is Tuesday, May 5, 2015. This page is your one-stop shop for everything you need to know about where, when and how to vote.

Who can vote?

You are eligible to vote in the provincial election if you live within the electoral division and you:

– are 18 years of age or older on May 5, 2015,
– are a Canadian citizen, and
– have been a resident in Alberta for the six months immediately preceding voting day.

Where can I vote?

Voting places are established for all polling areas in a location that is considered to be the most convenient for the majority of eligible voters.

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To find the voting station near you, enter your postal code in the search form here.

When can I vote?

On Tuesday, May 5, 2015, polls open at 9 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. For locations, visit Elections Alberta.

How can I register to vote?

Click here to register to vote in the Alberta provincial election.

Click here to apply for a special ballot.

Do I need to bring ID?

An elector whose name is on the List of Electors is not required to produce identification prior to voting.

An elector whose name is not on the List of Electors may vote after producing government issued identification containing the elector’s photograph, current address and name. This includes a driver’s licence or an Alberta Identification Card.

An elector whose name is not on the List of Electors, and who is unable to produce government issued identification, must produce two pieces of identification from the list prior to voting. Both pieces of identification must establish the elector’s name. One piece must establish the elector’s current address. Click here to view the listing of Authorized Elector Identification.

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What if I want to vote, but do not like any of the candidates?

Voters can decline their ballot at the polling station to show their discontent. Declining a ballot is not the same as a rejected or spoiled one. Below is the difference.

 Graphic by Tonia Huynh, Global News

Voter turnout history:

Here’s a look at the voter turnout in recent Alberta elections, according to Elections Alberta.

1993 – 60.2%

1997 – 52.8%

2001 – 52.8%

2004 – 44.7%

2008 – 40.6%

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2012 – 54.4%

For more information and frequently asked voting questions visit Elections Alberta’s website.

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