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Who Can Vote?

Throughout Alberta's history, the rules have changed several times that outline who can and cannot vote in a provincial election.

Currently, you are eligible to vote in a provincial election so long as you meet the following requirements:

  • Are a Canadian citizen

  • Are 18 years of age or older

  • Have been or will have been ordinarily resident in Alberta six months after a date determined by the Chief Electoral Officer.

The following persons are not eligible to vote:

  • Returning Officers (except to break a tie at the official count or judicial recount);

  • Persons disqualified from voting under the Elections Act;

  • Persons who have been convicted of offenses and on polling day are serving their sentences in a correctional facility, excluding persons sentenced to terms of imprisonment of 10 days or less or for the non-payment of fines.

Learn more about the history of the vote in Alberta !

For more information about voting procedure and rules, consult the Election Act available at the Queen's Printer Bookstore .

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