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Make it Happen: Vote!

You may cast your vote using a Special (Mail-in) Ballot if you are an eligible voter and unable to make it to an Advance Vote or Election Day (Monday October 16, 2017) voting station because you are:

  • Physically incapacitated
  • Absent from the local jurisdiction
    (City of Edmonton)
  • An election worker, candidate, official agent or scrutineer located at a voting station other than the one designated for your place of residence

Requesting and Returning a Special (Mail-in) Ballot

  • Request a Special (Mail-in) Ballot starting August 1, 2017
  • Requests accepted until 4:30pm on Election Day (October 16, 2017)
  • Special (Mail-in) Ballot packages will be available following Nomination Day, starting September 22, 2017
  • Completed Special (Mail-in) Ballots must be received by the Elections & Census Office (16304 - 114 Avenue) by 7pm on Election Day in order to be counted
  •  Special (Mail-in) Ballots will not be accepted at Advance Vote or Election Day voting stations

Special (Mail-in) Ballot Process

  1. Select your Special Ballot application method. Online applications are preferred. Email, mail, phone and fax applications are also accepted, along with in person applications at the Elections & Census Office or the Office of the City Clerk (City Hall). 
     
  2. Your application will be evaluated by Edmonton Elections for completeness and eligibility. If you’ve selected to receive notifications, you’ll receive a phone/text/email message from Edmonton Elections regarding the status of your Special Ballot application.
     
  3. Special Ballot packages will be printed following Nomination Day and will be ready starting Friday September 22, 2017.
     
  4. After receiving the Special Ballot package, follow the instructions included and complete the ballot. You will need to provide a photocopy of your authorized identification (confirming your name and residential address) attached to the outside of the Special Ballot Certificate Envelope. Do not provide your original identification.
     
  5. Return your Special Ballot package by mail, or by dropping it off at the Elections & Census Office or Office of the City Clerk in City Hall. Special Ballot packages must be returned to the Elections & Census Office by 7pm on Election Day (Monday October 16, 2017) in order to be counted. Special Ballot packages are not accepted at Advance Vote or Election Day voting stations. 

Special (Mail-in) Ballots FAQ

Can I vote if I am unable to get to a voting station on Election Day or during Advance Vote dates?

Yes. You can request to cast your vote by Special (Mail-in) Ballot if you are unable to vote at an Advance Vote or Election Day (Monday October 16, 2017).

You may use a Special (Mail-in) Ballot if you are an eligible elector who is unable to vote at an Advance Vote or Election Day voting station because you are:

  • Physically incapacitated
  • Absent from the local jurisdiction (City of Edmonton)
  • An election worker, candidate, official agent or scrutineer located at a voting station other than the one designated for your place of residence
How do I request a Special (Mail-in) Ballot?

Starting August 1, 2017,  apply for a Special (Mail-in) Ballot:

Online: Complete the online application

Email: specialballots@edmonton.ca

Mail:
Attention: Special Ballots, Elections & Census Office
16304 - 114 Avenue
Edmonton, AB, T5M 3R8

Phone: 780-442-VOTE (8683)

Fax: 780-498-7058

In Person:  Monday-Friday (excluding holidays), 8:30am-4pm at the Elections & Census Office or the Office of the City Clerk, 3rd Floor City Hall (authorized identification required)

In the application, you will need to provide:

  • Full name as it appears on your authorized identification
  • Primary means of contact (phone, mobile phone or text, email)
  • Secondary means of contact (phone, mobile phone or text, email)
  • Request status notification: Yes or No
  • Primary residential address (that determines your voting station location)
  • School Trustee option: Catholic or Public
  • Ballot delivery preference (postal mail, pick up at Elections Office or City Hall)
  • Mailing address, if different from primary residential address
When is the earliest / latest I can request a Special (Mail-in) Ballot package?

Special (Mail-in) Ballots can be requested starting August 1, 2017. The latest you can register for a Special (Mail-in) Ballot is 4:30pm on Election Day (Monday October 16, 2017).

Special Ballot packages requested on Election Day will need to be picked up directly from the Elections and Census Office (16304-114 Avenue) or the Office of the City Clerk (3rd Floor, City Hall, 1 Sir Winston Churchill Square) and returned to the Elections and Census Office by 7pm.

When will I receive my Special (Mail-in) Ballot package?

Special (Mail-in) Ballot packages will be available starting Friday September 22, 2017.

Your package will either be mailed to you or available for pick up at the Elections and Census Office (16304 - 114 Avenue) or the Office of the City Clerk (3rd Floor, City Hall, 1 Sir Winston Churchill Square), depending on the option you select when you submit your request.

Full instructions on the completion and return of the Special Ballot package will be included in the documentation you receive.

New for 2017: Voters choosing to use Special (Mail-in) Ballots can provide contact information to receive notifications (phone, text or email) when the Special Ballot has been mailed to the voter and received by the Elections Office upon return.

Do I need to supply ID when I send in my Special (Mail-in) Ballot?

Yes, in order to vote, you must produce one piece of Authorized Identification that establishes both your name and current residential address.

You will be required to provide a photocopy of your Authorized ID, such as an Alberta Driver's Licence, when you return your Special (Mail-in) Ballot. The identification included with your package must have the same name on it as the application. Do not send in original identification.

When does the package need to be back to ensure my vote counts?

In order for your Special (Mail-in) Ballot to be counted, it must be returned no later than 7pm on Election Day (Monday October 16, 2017) to the Elections and Census Office or by noon on Election Day to the Office of the City Clerk.

If mailed within Canada, return postage is paid. If mailed outside Canada, the voter is responsible for return postage costs.

After 7pm on Election Day, accepted Special (Mail-in) Ballots will be fed through an electronic vote tabulator and the results will be included with the final vote count for the election.

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Apply to Vote by Special (Mail-in) Ballot

Not able to vote in October 2017? Apply for a Special (Mail-in) Ballot package.

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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 http://edmonton.ca/election

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