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. For more information on being a candidate, 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.
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. Only after the Returning Officer has received your nomination papers may you begin your municipal campaign.
On January 4th, 2021 a County of Northern Lights Municipal Elections Guide will be 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, in your campaign, and assist you in assuming office. Remember, once you are elected, you have a duty to your community.
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 12pm noon on Monday, September 20th, 2021.
Therefore, the names of all candidates will be made public no later than 12pm noon on Wednesday, September 22, 2021. Names of candiadtes will not be released to the public prior to this date and time.
The County will be seeking individuals to assist with the operations of running the Election. 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 or email: email@example.com
This page will be updated regularly throughout Election Year 2021.