The City of Camrose will be holding a municipal election on Monday, October 18, 2021.

General municipal elections are held every four years. Camrose voters elect one Mayor and eight Councillors to a four year term. When a vacancy occurs, a by-election is held if there is more than 18 months before the next general election. City of Camrose elections are regulated by the Local Authorities Election Act and the City of Camrose Election Bylaw.

The Offices of Mayor and Councillor are elected at large. This means that our Mayor and Councillors represent the entire population of the City, rather than a geographical ward as seen in larger Cities like Edmonton and Calgary.

The City of Camrose does not have a voter's list. Instead, voters may vote at any of the voting stations within the City of Camrose. Voter eligibility and identification requirements as well as voting stations will be posted in advance of any general municipal election.

Elections for our local school boards, Battle River Regional Division No. 31 and Elk Island Catholic Separate Regional Division No. 41, occur on the same day as our municipal election and are most often facilitated by the City of Camrose for voter convenience.

Nomination Period

  • Nomination period opens: Monday, January 4, 2021
  • Nomination period closes: Monday September 20, 2021, at 12 p.m.

Nominations for Mayor or Councillors will be accepted at City Hall (5204 - 50 Avenue, Camrose) from Monday, January 4, 2021, until 12:00pm on Monday, September 20, 2021. *Note due to City Hall closure as a result of COVID-19 anyone wishing to submit nomination packages must make an appointment with the Returning Officer, Kim Isaak, at 780.678.3027 or at kisaak@camrose.ca

Candidates

Candidates that have filed Nomination Papers for the October 18, 2021 Election as of July 8, 2021:

Mayor for the City of Camrose
  • Lindstrand, Max
  • Stasko, PJ
Councillor for City of Camrose
  • Banack, Lucas
  • Calhoun, Tom
  • Girard, Julie
  • Hoveland, Agnes
  • MacKay, Doug
  • Murphy, Joy-Anne
  • Rosland, Don
  • Tanton, Wyatt

Information for Candidates

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often are elections held?
Elections are held every four years.
Where can I pick up a Candidate Nomination Guide?

As City Hall is currently closed to the public, a Candidate Nomination Guide can be picked up at City Hall by making arrangements in advance with the Returning Officer or Deputy Returning Officer. Alternatively the guide is also available here and the Municipal Affairs website at http://www.municipalaffairs.alberta.ca/mc_elections

Is a deposit required to be handed in with a Candidate’s Nomination Form?
No, the City of Camrose has not passed a bylaw requiring a deposit.
When is Nomination Day?

Changes to the Local Authorities Election Act permits a Candidate to file Nomination Papers from January 1, 2021 until 12 noon on September 20, 2021. *NOTE – Before any Candidate can accept a campaign contribution they must have filed nomination papers with the Returning Officer or the Deputy Returning Officer. 

Candidates for the office of Mayor and Councillor must file their nomination papers with the Returning Officer at City Hall. 

How can Nomination Forms be delivered to the Returning Officer?

Any person may file a completed Nomination Form on behalf of a candidate to the Returning Officer at City Hall.  Please note that as City Hall is currently closed to the Public that arrangements must be made in advance to meet with the Returning Officer or Deputy Returning Officer. All nomination papers must be received by no later than 12 noon on September 20, 2021.  Faxes or e-mail will NOT be accepted. The candidate is responsible for the accuracy and completion of the nomination form, not the Returning Officer. If a nomination is not signed by at least 5 electors, the Returning Officer shall not accept it.

Who can be Nominated for Council?

A person may be nominated as a candidate if, on Nomination Day, he/she

  • is eligible to vote in this election,
    • is at least 18 years old,
    • is a Canadian Citizen, and
    • has resided in Alberta for the 6 consecutive months immediately preceding Election Day and the person’s place of residence is located in the City of Camrose on Election Day.
  • has been a resident of the City of Camrose for 6 consecutive months immediately preceding Nomination Day, and
  • is not otherwise ineligible or disqualified.
Can a Candidate withdraw their nomination?

If more than the required number of candidates for the office of Councillor are nominated, any person so nominated, may, at any time within 24 hours after the close of the nominations (that is, before 12 Noon on September 21, 2021), withdraw his/her name as a candidate for the office for which he/she was nominated by filing in person a written notice of withdrawal to the Returning Officer.  Faxed or emailed notices of withdrawal are NOT accepted.

What happens if the nominations received meet, but do not exceed the number of positions available?

If the number of nominations does not exceed the number of positions available, after the close of nominations, the Returning Officer will declare the candidate(s) nominated for the position elected by acclamation.

What happens if the nominations received do not meet or exceed the positions required to be elected?
If there are not enough nominations for the positions to be filled the Returning Officer shall continue to open up for nominations to be filed from 10:00 am to 12 Noon on the day of when the required number of nominations has been received or a period of 6 days, including nomination day but not including Saturday, Sunday and holidays.  If after that time period there is still insufficient nominations the City is required to immediately notify the Minister.  
What remuneration do Council members receive?

Members of City Council receive the following honorarium:

Mayor - $62,534.78 per annum
Councillor - $21,633.50 per year annum

What positions are open?

Mayor - 1 position

Councillor - 8 positions

Is there a Voters List?

No, the City of Camrose does not have a Voters List. When you go to the voting station of your choice, you will be asked to sign a statement that you are eligible to vote in this election.

Do You Need to show voter identification when you Vote?

Yes, you will need to produce one piece of photo identification with name and current address that is issued by a Canadian government (federal, provincial, or local, or an agency of the government) OR one piece of identification with name and current address. 

Does Camrose have a ward system?

No. Council members represent the community at large.

Who can vote?

A person is eligible to vote in this election if:

  • you are at least 18 years old,
  • you are a Canadian Citizen, and
  • you have resided in Alberta for the 6 consecutive months immediately preceding Election Day, and
  • your place of residence is located in the City of Camrose on Election Day.
Will the City of Camrose be offering Voting by way of Special Ballot?

Yes. If you will not be within the City of Camrose on any of the Advance Voting Dates and the Election Day you can apply for a Special Ballot which will permit you to vote by way of Special Ballot for the Election. 

Can I vote in advance of Election Day?

Yes, the City of Camrose is providing 5 advance voting opportunities with details on these opportunities to be provided at a later date. 

Can anyone vote in an Advance Vote?

Yes, anyone who is eligible to vote in the election may vote at an Advance Voting Station.  If you are eligible to vote there are no restrictions to voting at an Advance Voting Station.

When is Election Day? What time can we Vote? Where can we Vote?
Election Day is Monday, October 18, 2021 between the hours of 10 am - 8 pm. Details on the voting locations will be provided at a later date.

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