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Elections Calgary

Voters list

Municipal elections are governed by provincial legislation, the Local Authorities Election Act (LAEA), which states that City Council may direct the preparation of a list of electors (voters list) who are entitled to vote in an election (Section 50(1)). 

Note: The City of Calgary does not currently have a list of electors (also known as a voters list).

Since Elections Calgary does not have a list of electors, voters will be required to show one of the acceptable forms of ID.

If Council directs the preparation of a list of electors, the Returning Officer will prepare that list and will be required to provide the list to candidates who request it on September 22, 2021, following the last day to withdraw nominations (September 21, 2021) (LAEA Section 50(2)).

The list of electors can only be used for campaign purposes (LAEA Section 50(3)(a)). If a person uses the list of electors for a non-campaign purpose, that person has committed an offence and would be liable for a fine of not more than $100,000, or imprisonment of not more than one year, or both (158).

Voting process: list of electors or no list of electors


Every person who votes at a voting station must be permitted to vote if:

 (a) the person’s name appears on the list of electors, if such a list has been established

OR

(b) the person:

(i) makes a statement that the person is eligible to vote as an elector in the presence of an officer at the voting station, and

(ii) validates the person’s identity and address of the person’s residence

List of Electors: If a person’s name appears on the list of electors, then a person is not legislatively required to validate their identity and address of residence at a voting station. Persons on a list of electors do not need to show identification (“ID”)

No List of Electors: If there is no list of electors, then a person is required to make a statement of eligibility and validate their identity and address of residence using identification containing a person’s name and current address.

Picture ID is not required.

Since Elections Calgary does not have a list of electors, voters will be required to show one of the acceptable forms of ID.

FAQ - frequently asked questions


Why would a list of electors be used by a candidate?

Allows candidates to engage with electors for campaign purposes.

Providing candidates with a list of electors is common practice in municipal elections and other levels of government across Canada.

Why would a list of electors be used by Elections Calgary?

A list of electors could be used to expedite the voting process. 

Can a list of electors be used to process voters, but not be provided to candidates?

No. The Act requires that where a list of electors is established, a list of electors shall be provided to candidates who request it following the last day to withdraw nominations.

Once the preparation of the list of electors has been authorized by Council, the returning officer must provide the list to any candidate that requests it.

Where does the list of electors come from?

Elections Calgary must complete an enumeration process of the voters in each ward.

Up to 2017, electors residing in each voting subdivision or ward were enumerated through the City’s Civic Census. The last enumeration of electors occurred during the 2017 Civic Census. 

If City Council passes a bylaw to prepare a list of electors, How can I remove my name from the list of electors?

Elections Calgary must complete an enumeration process of the voters in each ward.

Up to 2017, electors residing in each voting subdivision or ward were enumerated through the City’s Civic Census. The last enumeration of electors occurred during the 2017 Civic Census. 

How can I remove my name from the list of electors?

Currently, The City of Calgary does not have a list of electors. If Council directs the preparation of a list of electors, this process will be clarified at that time.

Can Elections Calgary withhold the list of electors from candidates?

If Council directs the preparation of a list of electors, the returning officer must provide it to  candidates upon request. 

Can any candidate have access to a list of electors? Or is this just made available to mayoral candidates?

If Council directs the preparation of a list of electors, the returning officer must provide the list of electors to any candidate upon request for campaign purposes.

Only those candidates whose names will appear on the ballot (those who have filed nomination papers and have not withdrawn by the deadline can request a copy of the list of electors. 

How does the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act address access to the list of electors by candidates?

Section 40(1)(e) of the FOIP Act, authorizes a public body (The City of Calgary) to disclose personal information for the purpose of complying with an enactment of Alberta. For more information view:

FOIP Frequently Asked Questions about Elections from Service Alberta

What are the penalties for misusing the list of electors?

Offenses for misuse are a fine of not more than $100,000, or imprisonment of not more than one year, or both, as per section 158 of the Act.

What occurred in the 2017 General Election regarding the list of electors?

In the 2017 General Election, a list of electors was generated from an enumeration (the process of registering voters) and was provided to candidates for campaign purposes and used for planning.

The list of electors was not used in voting stations to process voters.

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