2017 Municipal Election

Please Note: Candidate Forum is on October 9, 2017 from 6:30 - 9:30pm (Penhold Multiplex Gymnasium).

The Town of Penhold has released an information package for residents interested in running as a candidate for Mayor, Town Councillor or School Trustee in the 2017 general election.

The next municipal election will be held on October 16, 2017. Candidates will be running for the position of Mayor, Town Councillor and School Trustee for the Public and the Catholic School Boards.

"We encourage our residents to get involved in local government," said Rick Binnendyk, CAO. "As citizens we all have a stake in what happens in our community. Running for local office is one way to show you care about Penhold and wish to become a leader for Penhold."

Those interested in running for office are encouraged to pick up a copy of the Election 2017 Information for Candidates package from the Town Office (second floor, Penhold Multiplex).

- Eligibility and rules of residence
- Candidate events
- Nomination day and filing of nomination papers
- Qualifications of candidates
- Campaign contributions and campaign expense disclosure
- Election advertising, including election signs

For more information, please contact:

Bonnie Stearns, Returning Officer - Town of Penhold, (403) 886-4567.

Richard Binnendyk, CAO - Town of Penhold, (403) 886-4567.

Election Day is Monday, October 16, 2017

This is your opportunity to be heard. Use your vote to be your voice. This is your future. This is your community. Show up for Penhold.

Town of Penhold voters will vote for Mayor, Councillors and their preferred School Board Trustee. You must choose either the Public or the Catholic School Board.

- Mayor
- Councillors: 6
- Public School Board: 1 Trustee (Div #2)
- Catholic School Board: 1 Trustee (QEII Ward)

Election Advertising and Signs

Election advertising and signs must be respectful and not cause a nuisance in the neighborhood by cluttering sightlines or creating litter.

Election Facts

Election advertising and campaigning can occur anytime, while election signs can only be displayed during specific dates within the campaign. Signs can be posted starting on September 1st and must be removed within 48 hours after the Election Day.

Questions and concerns about the size and placement of election signs can be directed to the Town Office.

Bylaws to Note:

These bylaws must be followed for your election advertising:

650/10 Community Standards Bylaw 650/10

661/11 Land Use Bylaw 661/11(Section 4)

Campaign Election Signage Locations:

Town of Penhold will permit:

1. Election signs be placed on private or public property of the owner/property authority.

2. Council may determine where acceptable placement for campaign signage is.

Be sure to ask for permission before putting signs on private land and call Alberta One Call at 1-800-242-3447 before you dig.

Campaign election signage is restricted from placement in the following areas:

A.) all parks within the Town;and

B.) all municipal buildings and schools.

Election Fact

All election signage must be removed within 48 hours of the closing of the voting stations (by 8:00pm on October 18, 2017.)

FAQ's

I'm not around on Nomination Day. Can I file my nomination papers earlier?

No, The Town of Penhold will be accepting nomination papers on Monday, September 18, 2017, between the hours of 10am and 12pm in the Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, Town Office (Penhold Regional Multiplex). At 12pm the Returning Officer will declare nominations closed. If you are unable to submit nomination papers during this time period you must complete the Form 3A.(See Below)*Arrange to have your photo taken prior to nomination day.

Can I look at the nomination papers on Nomination Day?

Yes. After 12 p.m. on September 18, 2017, you may ask to see the filed nominations during regular business hours and in the presence of the Returning Officer, Deputy or Secretary. (section 28(4) of the Local Authority Election Act.)

Someone voted who shouldn't. What do I do?

If you know of someone who voted even though they were ineligable contact us at 403-886-4567 to report it to the Returning Officer.

Penalties for someone who votes knowing that they have no right to do so may include:

* fines up to $10,000,

* imprisonment for not more than 6 months, or

* both.

Are you allowed to campaign inside, outside or near a voting station on Election Day?

No. (see section 152 of the Local Authorities Election Act.)

Can I challenge the validity of the election, a candidate or the process?

Yes. If you have concerns please contact us at 403-886-4567 for information on the steps you will need to take.

Who can ask for a recount?

A recount may be made if a candidate, offical agent or scrutineer presents a valid reason that the count of votes is inaccurate. The Returning Officer may also consider a recount based on the number of rejected ballots, valid ballots objected to, or any administrative or technical errors. You must file a recount application by 4 p.m. on October 18, 2017.

What happens if there is a tie?

If a count results in a tie, the Returning Officer will write the names of those candidates on seperate pieces of paper and will "draw a name from a hat". The name on the paper pulled from the hat is considered to receive one more vote. (see section 99 of the Local Authorties Election Act.)

Can a person with a criminal record run in a local election?

Yes. But if that person has been convicted of an election offence (federal, provincial or local) within the past 10 years, they are not allowed to run in the election. Ineligibility to run in a local election is outlined in (see section 22 of the Local Authorities Election Act.)

Can I take a picture or video of ballot, either with or without any markings?

No, (under section 148 (5) of the Local Authorities Election Act,) you are not allowed to distribute or share any form or ballot printed by the Returning Officer. As well, under section 55 of the Act, a vote is secret and it is an offence for you to show your ballot to anyone in order for you to share how you voted.

Advance Voting

Advance voting is when you cast your ballot before the Election Day. If you think you will be unable to cast your vote on Monday, October 16 you can vote in advance on Saturday, October 14 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. @ the Penhold Regional Library.

Eligiblity to Vote

You are eligible to vote in the 2017 General Election if you:

* are at least 18 years old,

* are a Canadian Citizen,

* have lived in Alberta since April 16, 2017 and your place of residence is located in the area (e.g. Penhold or your ward for Catholic School Trustee) on Election Day,

* are able to produce Authorized Identification (pdf) that shows both your name and your current physical address.

Getting Time Off to Vote

If you are working on Election Day you have the right to take paid time off work to vote. It does not matter if you work full or part-time, split shift or evenings, every employee has the right for up to three consecutive hours off to vote. There can be no deductions in pay or any penalties against employees who take the time to vote.

•   Nomination Day
•   Local Authority Act
•   Running For Municipal Office in Alberta - guide for candidates
•   Running for Council
•   Election Information Package
•   2017 Election - Important Dates & Information
•   Mayor - Nomination Form
•   Councillor - Nomination Form
•   Authorized Identification
•   Form 3A - Application For Registration
•   Article - Five terrible reasons to run for Municipal Office


Town Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm
Address: #1 Waskasoo Avenue, Box 10, Penhold, AB, T0M 1R0
Phone: 403-886-4567  Fax: 403-886-4039  Email: info@townofpenhold.ca