Local Authorities Election Act Consultation 2012
The Local Authorities Election Act sets out the election processes and procedures for municipal and school board elections. It was enacted in 1983 and has been amended several times since that date.
The Minister of Municipal Affairs has committed to a review of the Act to ensure that it continues to provide an effective framework to support secure, fair and impartial elections. Stakeholder feedback will be considered in making any recommendations for amendments, and public input is welcomed. The consultation is open from June 11 – July 31, 2012, and you can provide your input by completing the survey below.
The following principles will be used to guide any recommendations put forward for potential amendments to the Local Authorities Election Act:
- promote integrity and public confidence in the election processes by setting appropriate election standards that result in more secure and transparent election processes;
- acknowledge and encourage the public’s role and participation in the election process; and
- ensure legislation permits small and large jurisdictions to respond to their specific election process needs by permitting some discretionary procedural options within the legislation’s framework.
Since the last municipal election in 2010, a number of municipalities and municipal associations have provided the ministry with a number of suggestions which will be incorporated into the review. The following issues have been identified by stakeholders and have been incorporated into this public consultation:
- Term of Office
- Timing of Elections
- Eligibility to Vote
- Campaign Financing
- Ballot Procedure
The survey is now closed - Thank you for your responses
Alberta Municipal Affairs
Municipal Services Branch
17th Floor, 10155 - 102 St.
Edmonton, AB T5J 4L4
Ph: 780-427-2225 (or Toll-free: 310-0000)
Information Collected During Consultations
The information collected through the public consultation is being used to obtain the views and opinions of Albertans with respect to the Local Authorities Election Act. The information is being collected under the authority of the Government Organization Act and will be managed in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. If you have any questions about the use of the information being collected, please contact: the Capacity Building Unit in Municipal Affairs at (780) 427-2225, toll free by dialing 310-0000 first.