Local Authorities Municipal Election
The next municipal election is Monday, October 18, 2021. Nominations can be filed as early as Monday, January 4, 2021, and the Nomination Period will close at 12 noon on September 20, 2021.
The office hours are from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday and will be closed on Stat Holidays and weekends. Please be advised that during the pandemic, the office may be closed to drop in visitors, therefore, until further notification, nominations can be made at the Foothills County Office by appointment only. Appointments are to be made through our Legislative Services Department by contacting:
Phone: (403) 603-6227
All potential candidates are responsible for filing nomination papers must do so by filling in the form below. Each candidate must have 10 signatures from people eligible to vote within Foothills County. Please ensure that you sign in front of a Foothills County employee who is a Commissioner of Oaths, this will be arranged when you make an appointment to file your nomination papers.
Council has recently passed a Bylaw, that all nominations must be accompanied by a $500 nomination deposit. The returning officer shall require the deposit to be provided by way of cash, certified cheque, money order, debit card or credit card;
Section 30(2) of the Local Authorities Election Act, being Chapter L-21, Revised Statues of Alberta, 2000 and amendments thereto, the candidate’s deposit shall be returned to the candidate (a) if the candidate is declared elected (b) if the candidate obtains a number of votes at least equal to ½ of the total number of votes cast for the candidate elected to the office with the least number of votes or (c) if the candidate withdraws as a candidate in accordance with section 32;
Section 30(3) of the Local Authorities Election Act, being Chapter L-21, Revised Statues of Alberta, 2000 and amendments thereto, if a candidate dies before the closing of the voting stations on election day, the sum deposited by the candidate shall be returned to the candidate’s estate;
Section 30(4) of the Local Authorities Election Act, being Chapter L-21, Revised Statues of Alberta, 2000 and amendments thereto, if a candidate does not obtain the number of votes described in subsection (2) (b), the deposit shall be paid into the general revenue of the local jurisdiction for which the deposit requirement has been established;
CHANGES TO THE ACT:
Recent changes to the Local Authorities Election Act came into effect on September 1, 2020. A summary of these changes can be found in the information sheet from Alberta Municipal Affairs.
Municipal Affairs has recently released a Candidate Guide when running in a Municipal Election to help candidates become familiar with the process and legislation.
COUNCIL CODE OF CONDUCT:
Council has adopted a Code of Conduct that all Candidates should read and be familiar with.
SIGNAGE – LAND USE BYLAW REQUIREMENTS:
Campaign signs for Federal, Provincial, Municipal, Regional Health Authority or School Board elections on private property, to a maximum of one (1) sign per lot provided that:
a. Such signs are removed within seven (7) days after the election. Candidates must ensure that the site is returned to its previous condition; and
b. The consent of the property owner or occupant is obtained prior to the signs being placed.
Any questions related to the 2021 Election, can be directed to the Foothills County appointed Returning Officer, Heather McInnes, by email, at HMcInnes@fcab.ca