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Why is it important to participate in an election?

There are many ways you can participate in a Calgary Municipal and School Election. These include:

  • Voting;
  • Working as an election worker; and/or
  • Volunteering as a Scrutineer for a candidate of your choice.

Voting connects citizens with the political process and with each other. When you take part in an election and express your view, you help democracy work. Calgary voters will vote to elect their Mayor, Councillors and Public or Separate School Board Trustees on October 16, 2017.

Voting for Mayor and your ward Councillor gives you a say in the direction The City of Calgary will take. This includes changes and additions to services that impact Calgarians daily, including transit, parks, recreation programs, animal and bylaw services, waste collection, clean drinking water and police and fire services. School Trustees are elected to make decisions on budgets and facilities in your school system. Remember, the children in the school system will become our future voters.

Working as an election worker is a great way to give back to your city while gaining work experience. For every Municipal and School Board General Election, The City hires approximately 3,000 election workers. These are paid positions. You do not need to be a Canadian citizen to apply. Election worker applications are available starting in July of an election year.

Volunteering as a Scrutineer is another way to get involved in an election. Scrutineers are appointed by candidates to observe the election process at a voting station to help ensure a fair election process. For more information about becoming a Scrutineer please contact your preferred candidate.