General Municipal Election 2021
There will be a General Municipal Election on Monday, October 18th, 2021. Currently, the Province is making plans to have a Senate Election and a Referendum Vote on the same day as the Municipal Election.
If you are interested in being a candidate in the upcoming Municipal Election, please read the County of Northern Lights 2021 Municipal Elections Candidate Guide. You may also wish to read the Alberta Municipal Affairs Candidate Guide: Running for Municipal Office in Alberta. Or you can visit the Rural Municipalities of Alberta website to view videos, a guide book and numerous other resources.
Anyone looking to submit nomination papers must have them in to Teresa Tupper, Returning Officer by Monday, September 20th, 2021 at 12 noon.
Location: County Office Administration Building - 600-7th Ave NW, Manning
Advanced Polling Dates
Tuesday, October 5th, 2021 for all Wards, hosted in Council Chambers, 600-7th Ave NW, Manning, AB. Open from 10 AM to 8 PM.
Thursday, October 14th, 2021 for all Wards, hosted in Council Chambers, 600-7th Ave NW, Manning, AB. Open from 10 AM to 8 PM.
Election Day (a General Municipal Election and a Senate Election will be held)
Monday, October 18th, 2021
Information for prospective Candidates
There are seven (7) wards within the County of Northern Lights. Each ward has a representative that sits on Council. You may also find detailed information on ward boundaries in the Electoral Boundaries Bylaw No. 13-11-313.
Ward One Weberville/Stewart
Ward Two Warrensville/Lac Cardinal
Ward Three Dixonville/Chinook Valley
Ward Four Deadwood/Sunny Valley
Ward Five North Star/Breaking Point
Ward Six Hotchkiss/Hawk Hills
Ward Seven Keg River/Carcajou
The 2021 Election is for a 4-year term. As a member of council, you will have the opportunity to significantly influence the future of your community. Your power as a member of council depends on your ability to persuade the other members of council to adopt your view. All decisions must be made at meetings, held in public, at which a quorum is present.
New legislation under Bill 29 states that nomination papers may be received from January 1st, 2021 (First Business day is Monday, January 4th, 2021) until noon on the Nomination deadline day of Monday, September 20th, 2021 at 12noon. Only after the Returning Officer has received your nomination papers may you begin your municipal campaign.
The County of Northern Lights Municipal Elections Candidate Guide is available for any resident that is interested in being nominated a candidate for the 2021 Election. The guide is a resource of election information and legislation, roles and responsibilities of an Elected Official, and other helpful information one should consider before submitting nomination papers.
Of course, the best way to understand the job of an elected official is to attend a council meeting, read a council agenda or council minutes. Talk to current or previous members of Council and talk to the Chief Administrative Officer, (CAO) Theresa Van Oort. This will help you in your decision to become a candidate, how to run your campaign, and assist you in assuming office. Remember, once you are elected, you have a duty to your community.
While Out Campaigning
After submitting your nomination papers to the Returning Officer, candidates and campaign workers are allowed to canvas door-to-door and at stationary tables and booths in public places provided they follow all public health orders. The risk of spreading COVID-19 can be reduced by:
- wearing a mask,
- social distancing, staying 6ft away from individuals,
- not sharing materials such as printed campaign materials,
- avoiding touching surfaces, such as doors and handles, whenever possible,
- frequent hand washing and sanitization, especially before or after touching surfaces,
- frequent cleaning of high-touch services,
- using plexiglass barriers when attending a stationary campaign booth or table,
- supplying hand sanitizer at public campaign booths and tables.
Information on Candidates
The County will release names of candidates to the public in accordance with the Local Authorities Election Act (LAEA) s. 27(10) which states: "within 48 hours of the close of nominations on nomination day, the returning officer shall post or cause to be posted at the local jurisdiction office the names of all candidates that have been nominated and the offices for which they were nominated." Nomination Day closes at 12 pm noon on Monday, September 20th, 2021.
Therefore, the names of all candidates will be made public no later than 12 pm noon on Wednesday, September 22, 2021. Names of candidates will not be released to the public prior to this date and time.
In the previous General Election, the County received comments that residents were unaware of who was running for election and what candidates platforms were. To address these concerns, the County will post the name, picture and contact information of all candidates on County social media outlets. A reminder that it is the sole responsibility of each candidate to express their campaign platform, views and goals.
Resources, Links and Forms
Running for Municipal Office (from Rural Municipalities of Alberta)
The County is seeking individuals to assist with the operations of running the 2021 General Municipal Election.
The Province is preparing to conduct a Senate Election and a Referendum Vote during the 2021 General Municipal Election. This means, the County will have polling stations in each ward and will require election workers for each station.
Workers will be trained and paid according to the County's Remuneration Policy. If you are interested in being an election worker, please contact the County Office at 780.836.3348 or 1.888.525.3481 and ask to speak to Teresa Tupper, Returning Officer, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Senate/Referendum Elections Information
The Order in Council and Writ of Election for the 2021 Alberta Senate Election was issued on June 23, 2021, to hold an election to select 3 Senate nominees who may be summoned to the Senate of Canada, to fill a vacancy or vacancies relating to Alberta. The Senate Election will take place on October 18, 2021, in conjunction with the 2021 Alberta Municipal Elections.
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This page will be updated regularly throughout Election Year 2021.