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Help to shape the future of your City!

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

  • Voting;
  • Working as an election worker (Deputy Returning Officer); 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 electors (voters) will vote to elect their Mayor, Councillors and Public or Separate School Board Trustees on October 16, 2017.

Voting for the 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 educational programs, budgets and facilities in your school system. Remember, the children in the school system will become our future electors.

You may also choose to work as an election worker known as a Deputy Returning Officer (DRO). For every Municipal and School Election, The City hires approximately 3,000 people to work as election workers to administer the voting process at voting stations. Election worker applications are available approximately 10 weeks before the election date.  You do not need to be a Canadian citizen to be an election worker.

For more information on working as an election worker, please visit

Volunteering as a Scrutineer is another way to get involved in an election. Scrutineers are appointed by candidates to ensure a fair election process. A Scrutineer observes the election process at a voting station, and may, with reasonable grounds, object to a voter or ballot being counted as valid or rejected. For more information about becoming a Scrutineer please contact your preferred candidate.