Each and every Canadian citizen has the right to vote and it is a responsibility we should all exercise. Voting makes democracy work – it shapes our city, helps us set goals and move forward in a positive way. Voting in the city election for Mayor and Council influences changes to services that impact Calgarians daily, such as transit, waste collection, services, parks, roads, taxes and more. School Trustees are elected to make decisions on processes, budgets and facilities in the education system. These are things that affect every one of us (and our neighbours) in just about everything we do, every day.
The next Calgary Civic election is October 16. On that day, eligible voters will have the opportunity to cast their ballots for three roles: Mayor, Ward Councillor (for the Ward in which you live) and School Board Trustee.
About Ward 11
With this election, Calgary will see some changes to electoral boundaries. Ward 11 is one of the areas most affected by these changes as it covers a large geographical area. The new boundaries of the Ward go from Anderson Road in the south up to 10 Ave SW in the north in Beltline (east of 4 St SW). The southern portion also includes these communities east of Macleod: Acadia, Willow Park and Maple Ridge. Two communities (Lakeview and North Glenmore Park) on the west side of the Elbow River are also in the Ward. For a complete list of communities please check out our listing here.
The boundary shifts were decided by the current city council to balance out population counts in each Ward. As you know, Calgary has seen a lot of growth in its outer edges, while some older inner city communities have seen a decline in population.
Advance Vote: October 4 – 11, 2017 (excluding Thanksgiving, October 9)
Voters can vote at any advance voting station during the Advance Vote.
The locations of advance voting stations will be available on September 19, 2017. We will share information on these locations once it is available.
Election Day: October 16, 2017
Voters must vote at their designated voting station on Election Day.
The locations of designated voting stations will be available on September 19, 2017.
Who is eligible to vote?
I think it is good to note that even if you aren’t eligible to vote, it is still important to get involved in city politics where you can. In addition, as a resident of Ward 11, your concerns, ideas and feedback are valuable regardless of whether you can. I encourage all residents to reach out to their councillors whenever necessary to give input on what they’d like to see happening in their neighbourhood and city.
In order to vote in the Calgary Municipal Election, you need to:
- Be at least 18 year old
- Be a Canadian citizen
- Have resided in Alberta since April 16, 2017; and
- Be a resident of Calgary on Election Day;
The following rules pertain to post-secondary students in Calgary:
- Must attend an educational institution within or, outside Alberta;
- Temporarily rents accommodation for the purpose of attending an educational institution; and
- Has family members who are resident in Alberta and with whom the student ordinarily resides when not attending an educational institution, is deemed to be a resident.
You must also have one of the following forms of identification containing your name and current address. For more information click here.
If you are going to be away during the election, you may be eligible to vote by mail. Learn more here: http://www.calgary.ca/election/Pages/news/Mail-in-ballot.aspx
It is important that everyone has the opportunity to get out and vote – if you have accessibility concerns, read what options are available to you here: http://www.calgary.ca/election/Pages/information-for-voters/accessible-voting.aspx
You can register for updates on election information on the City of Calgary website here: http://www.calgary.ca/election/Pages/home.aspx