Voter Eligibility

TOB_Vote.jpgWho can vote?

Individuals can vote in the Town of Banff municipal election if they:
  • are at least 18 years old;
  • are a Canadian citizen;
  • are a resident of Banff on Election Day (October 18, 2021); and
  • provide one of the authorized pieces of identification.  ID requirements for a municipal election are different than provincial and federal elections.  Make sure you know what is accepted in order to vote. 
If a candidate, a candidate's official agent, or a scrutineer believes a voter is not eligible to vote, an objection will be noted on the voting register. 

Residency Requirement

If you have more than one residence in Alberta, you must designate one place of residence.  Section 48 of the Local Authorities Election Act, provides more information on determining residency.

Individuals who own property or a business in Banff, but are not residents are not permitted to vote. 

Student Voting

Students who are away from Banff temporarily to attend school are eligible to vote in Banff either in person at an advance vote or on Election Day or by requesting a special (mail-in) ballot.  

A student is someone who:
  • attends an educational institution within or outside of Alberta
  • temporarily rents accommodation for the purpose of attending and educational institution, and 
  • normally lives at home with family who live in Alberta, and those family members will also be voting in the Alberta municipal election.

Voting Time for Employees

According to section 58(1) of the Local Authorities Election Act, any employee who is eligible to vote has the right to three consecutive hours for voting while their voting station is open.

If the hours of the an employee's employment do not allow for three consecutive hours, the employer shall allow the employee any additional time for voting in order to provide for the three consecutive hours.  The additional time for voting is granted at the convenience of the employer.

No deduction in pay or any penalty will be imposed on an employee in order to provide the three consecutive hours to vote.

Example: if your normal workday begins at 2 p.m. you would not be eligible for paid time off since you had three hours prior to the start of your work day to vote; similarly, if your normal workday ends at 5 p.m., with voting stations closing at 8 p.m., you would have three uninterrupted hours in which to vote so you would not be eligible for paid time off.

Town of Banff Boundary Map

If you live in the green shaded area below, you can vote for mayor and council in the Oct. 18 municipal election, along with the senate election, and the provincial questions. 

If you live outside the green shaded area, you can only vote in the senate election and for the provincial questions. 

Boundary Map for Election