Voter Information

Municipal Voters

The Local Authorities Election Act (s. 47 LAEA) outlines that a person is eligible to vote in an election if the person:

  • is at least 18 years old,
  • is a Canadian citizen, and
  • resides in Alberta and the person's place of residence is located in the local jurisdiction on election day

All voters must show identification. The identification requirement sets a uniform standard of:

  • one piece of government issued identification containing your name and current address: Alberta Operator’s (Driver’s) License or Alberta Identification Card, or 
  • one piece of identification that establishes the elector's name and current address

During the election the health and safety of all participants in the electoral process is of paramount importance.  We will be adding additional measures to ensure the safety of electors and workers.  Each voting station will be equipped with the following:

  • Hand sanitizer upon entering each station
  • Only one election worker per desk behind a plexi-barrier
  • Each worker will be supplied with personal protective equipment
  • On site cleaner to clean touch point areas, secrecy sleeves and voting booths
  • Pens will be distributed to each elector as you enter. Each pen is individually wrapped in plastic for your use only and to take home.
  • The layout of the voting room will allow for physical distancing with one-way flow of traffic and separate entrance/exits where possible.

Special statement about Councillor Turner
The sudden and devastating news of Councillor Turner’s passing was received within hours of the printing deadline for the election ballot. The City immediately consulted external legal experts and was advised that authorization from Municipal Affairs would be required to remove Councillor Turner’s name from the ballot. The City contacted the Minister of Municipal Affairs Office seeking immediate and urgent authorization to remove Councillor Turner’s name from the ballot but was unable to obtain authorization due to the lack of time available to consider the request.

Therefore, the City of Medicine Hat municipal election ballot will include the late Councillor Turner’s name.

To protect the sanctity of the election process, the City has complied and will comply with all applicable legislation related to the election, including the requirement that notices be posted within voting stations indicating that Councillor Turner has passed away.

Many may consider voting for Councillor Turner as a way to honour him. If enough votes were cast that Councillor Turner was elected, it would force a by-election. As an alternative to this gesture, we encourage voters to make a donation to the Medicine Hat and District Foodbank, or a service club, causes that were close to his heart.

Patience and understanding is appreciated during this challenging time. Our deepest sympathies go out to the family, friends and associates of Councillor Turner.


School Board Voters

Electors may vote for either a Public or Separate School Board Trustee depending on residency and faith. If you reside within the boundaries of a separate school district and share the same faith as those who establish the district, you are a resident of the separate school district, not of the public school district. S.74 of the Education Act.

Or, in other words:

An individual who resides within the boundaries of a separate school district, and shares the same faith as those who established the district, is a resident of the separate school district, and are eligible to vote for trustees of the Roman Catholic separate school system. All separate school districts are Roman Catholic. A Roman Catholic is defined as a person who is in communion with the See of Rome.


Frequently asked questions

Who can vote?
  • You must be a Canadian citizen 
  • You must reside in Alberta, and 
  • Your place of residence (the place where you eat, sleep and intend to return to when away) is located in the local jurisdiction (Medicine Hat) on Election Day
What do I need to bring with me?

There is no voter list for City of Medicine Hat electors so you will need to bring identification with you. 

You may vote after producing one piece of government issued identification containing your name and  current address: Alberta Operator’s (Driver’s) License or Alberta Identification Card.

If you do not have a driver’s license or Alberta I.D. Card, you must produce one piece of identification from the following list prior to voting. Electronic versions of these documents will be accepted. The identification must establish your name and current address.

  • utility bill: e.g. telephone, public utilities, commission, television, gas, or water
  • residential lease or mortgage statement
  • statement of government benefits: e.g. employment insurance, old-age security, social assistance, disability support, or child tax benefit
  • bank/credit card statement or personal cheque
  • pension plan statement of benefits, contributions, or participation
  • government cheque or cheque stub
  • insurance policy or coverage card
  • vehicle ownership or Insurance certificate

A letter or form (attestation) confirming that the voter lives at the stated address will also be accepted as valid proof of eligibility to vote. The letter can be signed prior to the vote by any of the following:

  • authorized representative of a commercial property management company;
  • authorized representative of a correctional institution;
  • authorized representative of a First Nations band or reserve;
  • authorized representative of a post-secondary institution;
  • authorized representative of a facility that provides services to the homeless; or
  • authorized representative of a supportive living facility or treatment centre.
Can someone vouch for me?

If you do not have any pieces of identification listed above, you may bring a person with you that knows you, to vouch that you are eligible to vote. That person must:

  • be eligible to vote themselves
  • only vouch for you or other eligible members of your household
  • must sign an oath that they know you, that you are over age 18, and knows that you live at your address
Where and when do advance polls take place?

Extra assistance is available at our Advance voting stations for persons with physical disabilities.

Hockey Hounds Recreational Centre (39 10 St NE, Medicine Hat, AB)
Saturday October 9, 10 am to 4 pm
October 12 to 15, 2 pm to 8 pm
Saturday October 16, 10 am to 4 pm

Grandstand, Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede (2055 21 Ave SE, Medicine Hat, AB)
Saturday October 9, 10 am to 4 pm
October 12 to 15, 2 pm to 8 pm
Saturday October 16, 10 am to 4 pm

Where do I vote on Election Day?

All of our voting stations are fully accessible. Voting stations are open 10 am to 8 pm.  Your voting station will be printed on page 1 of your utility bill in September.

Interactive voting station map  Boundary Map


Locations
  • Alexandra Junior High School, 477 6 St SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 1H4
  • Bridge Church (Riverside), 350 1 Avenue NE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 5Z2
  • Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre, 401 First St SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 8W2
  • George Davison Elementary School, 155 Sprague Way SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1B 3L5
  • Grandstand, Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede, 2055 21 Ave SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1B 1A5
  • Hockey Hounds Recreational Centre,  39 10 St NE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 5Y5
  • Holy Family Parish, 1451 Strachan Road SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1B 4V3
  • Homestay Inn and Suites, 954 7th St SW, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 7R7
  • Medicine Hat Christian Reformed Church, 300 Primrose Drive, Medicine Hat, AB SE T1B 3S9
  • Medicine Hat Family Leisure Centre, 2000 Division Avenue N, Medicine Hat, AB T1C 1X
  • Medicine Hat Golf & Country Club, 947 Pigeon Street NE, Medicine Hat, AB T1C 1R2
  • Medicine Hat Lodge, 51 Ross Glen Dr SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1B 3T8
  • Mother Teresa School, 235 Cameron Rd SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1B 2Z2
  • Notre Dame Academy,  646 Spruce Way SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1B 4X3
  • St. Patrick's School, 241 Stratton Way SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1B 3Z2
  • Temple Baptist Church, 606 7th St SW, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 4K8
  • Veiner Centre, 225 Woodman Ave SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 3H2
  • Victory Lutheran Church, 2793 Southview Drive SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1B 2H1
Do I have to vote for the required number of candidates?
No, however, you may only vote once for each candidate and only up to the number of candidates to be elected to the office.
Referendum Questions & Senate Election

The Government of Alberta will ask you to vote for to select 3 Senate nominees who may be summoned to the Senate of Canada, to fill a vacancy or vacancies relating to Alberta, as well as two referendum questions:

  • 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?

For more information or to view Senate candidates, visit Elections Alberta.

I will be out of town October 9 to 18 - how can I still vote?

Voters who will be absent from Medicine Hat on Election Day, Monday, October 18, 2021, and the Advance Polls (October 9, 12-16) can register for a Special (Mail-In) Ballot by completing the Special (mail-in) Ballot Application form and return to the Deputy Returning Officer before 4:30 pm on Monday, October 4, 2021.

Special (mail-in) Ballot Application

Please return to:
Jessica Robinson, Deputy Returning Officer
jesrob@medicinehat.ca

Can I get time off work to vote?

Voting stations are open from 10 am until 8 pm on Election Day.

Employees who are electors have the right to have three consecutive hours to cast their vote while the voting station is open. If the hours of the employee’s employment do not allow for three consecutive hours, the employer shall allow the employee any additional time for voting that is necessary to provide three consecutive hours. The additional time for voting shall be granted at the convenience of the employer. If the employee’s normal employment hours end at 5 pm, the employee would have three consecutive hours in which to vote, from 5 pm to 8 pm.

I own property in more than one municipality, can I vote in both?
No, a person may be a resident of only one place at a time for the purposes of voting under the Act. 
If I own a business in a municipality, but do not live in that municipality, can I still vote in the municipality where I own my business?
No. You would not meet the ‘eligibility to vote’ criteria, as your place of residence must be located in the local jurisdiction (Medicine Hat) on Election Day. This would apply to a vote on a question in addition to the election of offices.
If I am a renter, not a property owner, am I entitled to vote?
Yes, a renter can vote if they meet the ‘eligibility to vote’ criteria above.
If I am a student attending an educational institution, am I eligible to vote?
A student who is renting an accommodation while going to school, but who has family with whom they ordinarily reside when not attending school, is deemed to reside with those family members. They are eligible to vote in the same jurisdiction as those family members if they meet the ‘eligibility to vote’ criteria above.
Can I vote for both a public and separate (Catholic) school board trustee?
No. You may vote for either a public or separate school board trustee depending on residency. Residency is determined by faith. If you reside within the boundaries of a separate school district and share the same faith as those who establish the district, you are a resident of the separate school district, not of the public school district. 
I am a school board supporter of School District 76 or Medicine Hat Catholic School Division living outside of Medicine Hat. Where can I vote for school board trustee?
You can cast your vote at the voting stations provided by Cypress County (Catholic/Medicine Hat Public School Board SD76 Trustee); or Redcliff for Catholic School Board Trustee.
What are the rules on election signs?
A candidate may start campaigning at any time. Candidates may put up signs along boulevards and roads provided the sign does not pose a traffic safety hazard. Signage in City parks is prohibited. More details to guide candidates and their campaign workers are contained on the Candidates Nomination page.
Who is eligible to observe the election process?
A candidate, an official agent or scrutineer for a particular candidate may be in the voting station, however, they may not all be in a voting station at the same time during voting hours.
When is the election result official?
Election results are considered official at 12 noon on October 22, 2021. The Returning Officer will publish unofficial election results on Election Day on the City’s website.
What do you do if there is a tie?
If a tie determines who is elected or not, the Retuning Officer writes the names of those candidates on separate pieces of paper and “draws a name from a hat”. The name on the withdrawn paper is considered to receive one more vote.