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Frequently asked questions

When is the Election?

The next Edmonton Election will be held on Monday, October 18, 2021, when voters will elect:

  • Mayor
  • Councillor for each of the 12 City of Edmonton wards
  • Edmonton Catholic Separate School Division Trustee for each of their 7 wards or 1 Edmonton School Division Trustee for each of their 9 wards

Do I need ID to vote?

Per Section 53(1), Local Authorities Election Act (Proof of Elector Eligibility) and Section 95(1)(a)(ii) of the
Election Act (Declaration Procedure), to vote, you must produce one piece of official identification that
establishes both your name and current residential address.
Examples of official identification include:

  •  Alberta Driver’s Licence
  •  Alberta Identification Card
  •  Bank/credit card statement or personal cheque
  •  Income/property tax assessment notice
  •  Insurance policy or coverage card
  •  Statement of government benefits (i.e., employment insurance, old-age security, or social
  • assistance
View the complete list of official identification that will be accepted at voting stations.

Where do I vote? Do I need to register?

All voters complete the Form 8 - Voting Register at their corresponding voting station. Voters do not
need to (and cannot) register in advance. The exact locations of voting stations will be communicated to
the public by Edmonton Elections (typically, they are at local schools and other locations close to your
home). This page will be updated as more information becomes available.

Why are there no political parties on the ballot?

In municipal elections, candidates do not represent political parties.

How many candidates can I vote for?

You can vote for one candidate for Mayor, one candidate for Councillor, and one candidate for either an
Edmonton Public School District Trustee or an Edmonton Catholic School District Trustee. A maximum of
three votes can be cast on a valid ballot.

I will be away from Edmonton on Election Day. Can I still vote?

Voting opportunities are available to voters in advance of Election Day:

  • Ward-based Advance Voting Opportunities
  • Special (Mail-in) Ballots

Are there any special considerations for Covid-19?

Edmonton Elections has told our team that they are reviewing all voting processes, including special
(mail-in) ballots. The opportunity for electors to participate in the election safely is a critical piece of that
work. We will be updating this page as soon as more information becomes available. You can also follow
the City of Edmonton's Elections page for more details.

What is a City Councillor?

In addition to the Mayor, there are 12 members of the City Council. Each represents a different area of
the City of Edmonton called a ward. The people who live in each Ward and are eligible to vote decide
who represents them as City Councillor.
The Councillors and Mayor work together to make decisions about plans, strategies, and policies to
govern our city. You will also see City Council members attending meetings, public functions,
ceremonies, and other events, particularly in the area of the city that the Councillor represents. This is
because the City of Edmonton’s Councillors want to build relationships with the people living in the city
and learn what they are happy about and what they want to change.

What are the roles & responsibilities of local government?

The City of Edmonton's responsibilities include:

  • Emergency services
  • Maintaining local roads
  • Snow removal
  • Garbage, water, and sewage systems
  • Parks, recreation centers, and libraries
  • Buses and the LRT
  • Planning the city’s streets and buildings
The City of Edmonton manages these things and many more, making sure everything works together to create a great place to live.