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Campaign Signs

Candidates must complete the Candidate Campaign Signage Form prior to the placement of any campaign signs, pursuant to the elections signage guidelines.

The Traffic Bylaw regulates the placement of signs on roadways, light standards, and other areas that have vehicle or pedestrian traffic. Placing a sign illegally on City of Edmonton property is a bylaw offence that may result in a fine of $250.

Questions about the placement of campaign signs? Please review the guidelines for the placement of free-standing signs and enforcement conditions.

Campaigning Restrictions

The information in this section informs the candidate about the restrictions on campaign literature and campaigning activities, including identification requirements.

Learn more about campaigning restrictions.

Election Offences and Prohibitions at Voting Stations

Local Authorities Election Act

Tampering with an election process in any way is a serious offence. Sections 116, 117, 121 and 148 through 158 of the Local Authorities Election Act establish bribery, undue influence and other activities as election offences and prohibit certain conduct at voting stations. These sections also establish penalties for offences.

Criminal Code of Canada

The Criminal Code covers a number of other election offences and subsequent penalties, including the destruction or defacing of election documents, and influencing a municipal official. Please refer to the Criminal Code of Canada directly for information on these offences.

Recounts

The authority to order a recount resides with the Returning Officer.

The Returning Officer may choose to conduct a recount if:

  • A candidate, candidate's official agent, or candidate’s scrutineer shows grounds that the Returning Officer considers reasonable for alleging that the record of the result of the count of votes at any voting station was inaccurate,
  • The Returning Officer considers the number of valid ballots objected to, or rejected, was sufficient to affect the election result had they either been counted or not counted,
  • The Returning Officer is of the opinion that there may have been an administrative or technical error that may cause an error in the count of votes.

If the Returning Officer determines that a recount should be undertaken, affected candidates are notified at least 12 hours in advance of the recount. The recount will be completed prior to the official posting of results.

Section 98, Local Authorities Election Act

Recount Application Deadline

An application for a recount under Section 98 of the Local Authorities Election Act must be made in writing to the Returning Officer at:

Elections and Census Office
16304 114 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5M 3R8

The application must be made within 44 hours immediately following the closing of the voting stations.

Recount Procedure

The procedure for a recount is prescribed by Part VII of the City’s Election Bylaw, Bylaw 16311.

Section 84, Local Authorities Election Act

For More Information

City of Edmonton Elections and Census Office

16304 114 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
T5M 3R8

Telephone 780-496-8008
Fax 780-498-7058
Email elections@edmonton.ca
Website https://www.edmonton.ca/election

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