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What’s on Your Ballot

The Edmonton Municipal Election will be held on Monday, October 18, 2021.  Polls are open on election day from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. But, if you’ve already made your decisions, advanced polling is open from October 4 to 13 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily—including Thanksgiving Monday! You can vote if you are at least 18 years old, a Canadian citizen and a resident of Edmonton on Election Day. Find out everything you need to know about municipal elections in Alberta here, and where to cast your ballot here.

Unlike the recent federal election, there will be more than one official to elect when you go to the polls. In fact, you’ll be given two ballots when you get to the voting station, which will include:

  • Three roles applicable to the municipal election;
  • Two referendum questions set by the provincial government; and
  • Senate election candidates.

Here is a more detailed guide for to help you navigate the selections you’ll be asked to make on Election Day.

Ballot One

Municipal Election

One Mayor

Amongst the 11 mayoral candidates, you’ll find Kim listed as number 5. To learn more about Kim’s platform commitments and why you should support her for Mayor, visit Krushellformayor.com

The Mayor of Edmonton is the head of the municipal government. The successful candidate will also be the City’s representative at meetings, public functions, ceremonies, and other events. The Mayor also acts as the chief spokesperson for the City, working closely with other communities and the Government of Alberta, and as primary liaison with our federal government.

One Councillor

Depending on the Ward, there will be a number of councillor candidates to choose from.

There are 12 members of City Council. Each represents a different area of the City of Edmonton called a Ward. The people that live in each Ward, and are eligible to vote, decide who represents them as City Councillor.

Find your Ward here.

One School Trustee

Make sure to check the voting options in your division as there could be a francophone trustee, public trustee and separate school trustee on your ballot. Note: Ward names are different than those for City Councillor.

Ballet Two

Referendum Questions

The provincial government has also added two referendum questions to the ballot for voters to provide their perspective on equalization and daylight savings.  The two questions you’ll see on your ballot are:

  • Should section 36(2) of the Constitution Act, 1982 – Parliament and the government of Canada’s commitment to the principle of making equalization payments – be removed from the constitution?
  • Do you want Alberta to adopt year-round Daylight-Saving Time, which is summer hours, eliminating the need to change our clocks twice a year?

You can learn more about the referendum question on equalization here and the daylight saving time question here.

Senate Election

On June 23, 2021, the provincial government moved to add a Senate election to select 3 Senate nominees who may be summoned to the Senate of Canada, to fill a vacancy or vacancies relating to Alberta.

A Senate candidate is a person seeking to be elected as a Senate nominee in a Senate election. The person may be endorsed by a registered provincial party and/or aligned with a registered federal political party, or an independent.

The names of 13 candidates will appear for you to choose to elect.  You can learn more about the candidates here.