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Prospective Candidates

If you are intending to run for your local school board, find relevant information at School Board trustee elections information.

If you are a Government of Canada employee running as a candidate in a municipal election in Alberta, you should be aware of some obligations. See I want to become a candidate for more information.

Nomination Period

Nomination period opens: Monday, January 1, 2021
Nomination period closes: Monday September 20, 2021, at 12 p.m.

Nominations for Councillors will be accepted by the Returning Officer Tracy Buteau from Monday, January 1, 2021, until 12 p.m. on Monday, September 20, 2021. Prospective candidates filing their nominations must schedule an appointment with the Returning Officer. Further information on nomination requirements are available within the Nomination Information Package  .

Candidates that have filed their nominations with the Returning Officer will be listed below in the List of Registered Candidates section.

Information for Candidates

The information within this section provides a brief introduction of the requirements for running for office in Wheatland County. Candidates are responsible for understanding all legislation concerning elections, including nomination, eligibility, campaigning restrictions, campaign finance and disclosure, election offences and prohibitions at voting stations.

More information can be found at https://www.alberta.ca/municipal-elections-overview.aspx.

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Important dates

  • Election signs can be displayed starting 12 p.m. on Monday, September 20, 2021 (Nomination Day).
  • All election signs must be removed within 72 hours after the election.
  • Candidates may not use County branding, such as the logo, as part of their campaigning literature/signage.

What makes a sign an election sign?

As per Wheatland County’s Land Use Bylaw 2016-01, Section 7.18.4 (i): an Election Sign is defined as a temporary sign used to promote a candidate, political party, plebiscite or referendum during a County, school board, provincial, federal election or special referendum or plebiscite ballot held pursuant to the Local Authorities Election Act.

Other legal means of advertising, such as in the newspaper, or through social media, t-shirts, and other printed materials such as door knockers, door hangers, brochures and pamphlets, also do not constitute signage.

 

How are signs regulated and were do election signs fit in?

Regulations in the County's Land Use Bylaw aim to provide for an orderly, safe, and efficient environment for our residents.

Wheatland County's typical regulations and approval processes for signs would be overly prescriptive during a municipal election, and the County recognizes that. Therefore, the Land Use Bylaw 2016-01 states:

  • Section 7.18.6 (d): Election signs that meet the requirements of the Local Authorities Election Act do not require a permit from Wheatland County.
  • Section 7.18.7 - General Provisions:
    • (n) All election signage must comply with the provincial guidelines for election signs.
    • (o) Campaign signs for County (municipal) and School Board elections are allowed on private property, to a maximum of two (2) signs per lot provided that:
      • i. Such signs are removed within 72 hours after the polls close on Election Day. Candidates must ensure that the site is returned to its previous condition (holes are filled) and any items supporting the sign such as any supporting structures and/or wiring are removed from the property; and
      • ii. The authorization of the property owner is obtained prior to the signs being placed. Candidates are responsible to keep signs in a neat and clean appearance, and ensure that they are securely erected.

Candidates should refer to the details on the Election Sign Acknowledgment Form within the Nomination Information Package for a full and complete list of regulations regarding election signage.

 

Election Sign Acknowledgement Form

To assist candidates in understanding election sign requirements, Wheatland County has provided guidelines and important dates within the Election Sign Acknowledgment Form. This form can be found in the Nomination Information Package  .

Candidates who wish to post election signs within Wheatland County must ensure they have read and signed this form. Completed Election Sign Acknowledgment Forms must be submitted via:

  • Mail: Wheatland County, 242006 Range Road 243, HWY 1 RR 1, Strathmore AB T1P 1J6
  • Email: admin@wheatlandcounty.ca
  • After hours drop-box: Dropped off at the Administration Office drop box located to the left of the main doors at 242006 Range Road 243

Questions?

Candidates or residents who have questions about election campaign signage can contact Wheatland County by emailing planninganddevelopment@wheatlandcounty.ca or protectiveservices@wheatlandcounty.ca, or by calling 403-361-2026.

Further information for candidates will be available in early 2021.

Wheatland County Electoral Divisions

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List of Candidates

Division 1

Division 2

  • Amber Link (incumbent) – Link is running for her second term on council, having first been elected in 2017.
    ablink@live.ca
    403-934-8252

Division 3

Division 4

Division 5

Division 6

  • There are not currently any registered candidates for this seat.

Division 7

Election Workers

Job postings to hire election workers will be posted on our Careers webpage in late August. Please check that page for details.

Multiple positions will be available. If you have any questions, please contact the Returning Officer Tracy Buteau at returningofficer@wheatlandcounty.ca or by calling 403-361-2002.

Voter Identification Requirements

In order to vote in the upcoming municipal elections, voters will be required to provide proof of their name and home address. The following types of verification meet the standard provincial requirement for one piece of identification.

If a voter’s identification shows a post office box number as the address instead of a residential or legal address, it can be accepted as verification of current address if it is in reasonable distance to the voting jurisdiction.

An elected authority could, by bylaw, require additional verification or a combination of verification to establish the person’s specific current address.

See the Voter identification requirements for more information.

Your municipality may have other requirements or accept other types of verification. Please check with your municipality for local requirements.

  • Identification issued by a Canadian government, whether federal, provincial or local, or an agency of that government, that contains a photograph of the elector and their name and current address.
  • Proof of Identity and Ordinary Residence for Tenant Elector issued by the authorized representative of a commercial property management company.
  • Proof of Identity and Ordinary Residence for Incarcerated Elector issued by the authorized representative of a correctional institution.
  • Proof of Identity and Ordinary Residence issued by the authorized representative of a First Nations band or reserve.
  • Proof of Identity and Ordinary Residence for Post-Secondary Student Elector in Residence issued by the authorized representative of a post-secondary institution.
  • Proof of Identity and Ordinary Residence for Homeless Elector issued by the authorized representative of a facility that provides services to the homeless.
  • Proof of Identity and Ordinary Residence for Elector in Long Term Care or Supportive Living Facility issued by the authorized representative of a supportive living facility or treatment centre.
  • Supportive Living Facility issued by the authorized representative of a supportive living facility or treatment centre.
  • Bank or credit card statement or personal cheque.
  • Correspondence issued by a school, college or university.
  • Government cheque or cheque stub.
  • Income or property tax assessment notice.
  • Insurance policy or coverage card.
  • Letter from a public curator, public guardian or public trustee.
  • Pension plan statement of benefits, contributions or participation.
  • Residential lease or mortgage statement.
  • Statement of government benefits (for example, employment insurance, old-age security, social assistance, disability support or child tax benefit).
  • Utility bill (for example, telephone, public utilities commission, television, hydro, gas or water).
  • Vehicle ownership, registration or insurance certificate.


Polling Stations

Division 1

  • Standard Community Hall
  • Cluny Community Hall

Division 2

  • Gleichen & District Community Centre.
  • Wheatland County Administration Building

Division 3

  • Carseland Community Hall

Division 4

  •  Cheadle Community Hall

Division 5

  • Nightingale Community Club
  • Lyalta Community Club

Division 6

  • Rockyford Community Centre
  • Rosebud Memorial Hall

Division 7

  • Hussar Community Hall
  • Dalum Community Hall

 

Advanced Polls will be held at the Wheatland County Administration Building on October 9th, 13th & 16th, 2021.

2021 Senate Election

The Order in Council and Writ of Election has been issued for the Senate Election to be held in conjunction with the local elections on October 18, 2021.

Returning Officer

If you are a municipal election official, please refer to the following:

2021 Returning Officer Contact Information

Returning Officer Tracy Buteau

Email: returningofficer@wheatlandcounty.ca
Phone: 403-361-2002

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