In Alberta, General Municipal Elections are conducted every four years, under the provisions of the Local Authorities Election Act. The next general election is scheduled to take place on Monday, October 16, 2017. Morinville residents will elect a Mayor and 6 Councillors to serve a four-year term. Please note: each candidate is responsible for ensuring compliance with the laws governing elections and for obtaining any necessary legal advice.
The Local Authorities Election Act (Act) can be accessed through Alberta Queen's Printer.
The 2017 Candidate Handbook is available for anyone considering running for Municipal Council. Information on School Trustee campaigns is also included in the handbook. Individuals considering running for school trustee can visit the Greater St Albert Catholic Schools website (http://www.gsacrd.ab.ca/) or Sturgeon School Division website (http://www.sturgeon.ab.ca/).
- Advance Voting: Wednesday, October 4, 2017 [4-8 p.m.] and Saturday, October 14, 2017 [10 a.m.-2 p.m.] in Council Chambers (2nd floor, St. Germain Place 10125-100 Ave.)
- Municipal Election: Monday, October 16, 2017
- BALANKO, Rebecca
- BOUTESTEIN, Nicole
- DAFOE, Stephen
- GIFFIN, Lawrence
- HALL, Sarah
- McDOUGALL, Neil
- RICHARDSON, Scott
- TURNER, Barry - Mayor-Elect by acclamation.
Notice of Special Ballot:
Local Authorities Election Act
Section 77.1 & 77.2
Local Jurisdiction: Town of Morinville, Province of Alberta
Notice is hereby given that any Elector who is unable to vote at an advance vote or at the voting station on election day because of: physical incapacity, absence from the local jurisdiction or being a returning officer, deputy returning officer, constable, candidate or agent who may be located on election day at a voting station other than that for the elector's place of residence, may apply for a Special Ballot package.
Electors must apply for Special Ballot packages by completing the "Request for Special Ballot Package" and submitting the form to the Returning Officer. Packages must be requested from the Returning Officer to allow enough time for the Special Ballot package to reach the elector and to be returned to the Returning Officer before the close of the voting station on election day. The "Request for Special Ballot Package" is available on the Municipality's website at http://www.morinville.ca/elections.
An application for a special ballot may be made by any one or more of the following methods:
In person—St. Germain Place; 10125-100 Avenue
By an elector to the Returning Officer between Wednesday, May 24, 2017, and close of the voting station on election day—October 16, 2017 at 8:00 pm.
An All-Candidates Forum hosted by the Morinville and District Chamber of Commerce is scheduled for September 27, 2017, at 6 p.m. (Doors open at 5:30 p.m.) at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre (9502-100 Avenue). If you have any questions regarding the forum, please contact the Chamber at 780-939-9462.
Speed-date a Candidate:
Organized by the Library Board, candidates are invited to come meet people from the public and to answer their questions one-on-one on October 3, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the Program Room of Morinville Public Library. Reminiscent of a speed dating event, candidates will sit on one side of a table and when a bell rings, a resident can sit down to ask their questions. When the bell rings again, everyone moves down one spot, until residents get a chance to speak with as many or as few candidates as they'd like. It will be a fun, relaxed atmosphere where people can come to meet those looking to lead Morinville's local government for the next four years.
Candidate Information Sessions:
The Capital Region Board will be hosting two information/orientation sessions for candidates. The first on September 26, 2017, between 6:30 & 8 p.m. - REGISTER HERE. The second will be on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 between 8 & 9:30 a.m. - REGISTER HERE. The theme will be Edmonton Metropolitan Region 101 for Regional Municipal Candidates. The sessions will be held at La Cite Francophone, 8627 rue Marie Gaboury (91 Street) in Edmonton. Registration for this session opens July 10, 2017. If you have questions or require further information please contact the Capital Region Board at 780-638-6008.
During October 2016, a campaign was started called #ReadyForHer by Minister Stephanie McLean. This campaign is to encourage women to turn their passion for community improvement into a campaign for office. An online resource was launched to help women consider their political potential and start their campaign. The resource touches on Roles and Responsibilities, Qualifications, Nominations, Campaigning, Fundraising and Campaign Guides and Resources. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact our office.
Local Government Training for Election Candidates:
The Society of Local Government Managers, in partnership with Alberta Municipal Affairs, presents Alberta Leaders Training for individuals running for local office - municipal and school board - at no cost!
The sessions are designed to help candidates in various aspects of candidacy, from running an ethical campaign, to understanding the roles and responsibilities of being an elected official.
Seassion dates and times for Edmonton:
September 6, 7 - 10 p.m.
September 7, 7 - 10 p.m.
Monthly articles are being published on important procedures for potential candidates as well as changes that may take place prior to Election Day.
January's article outlined the Candidate Information session that will take place on Monday, February 27, 2017 beginning at 6:30 pm in Council Chambers.
December's article highlights the newly approved Council Remuneration Policy. Council approved the policy which will take effect on October 24, 2017 (in conjunction with the newly elected Council swearing in ceremony). Please ensure you review this policy as it plays a major role in the relation between a daily schedule and a Councillors schedule.
November's article highlighted the Notice of Intent to run in the upcoming Municipal Election.
- Changes to the Local Authorities Election Act beginning January 1, 2014, requires that no candidate may accept campaign contributions, including the funds of the candidate, unless the candidate is registered with the municipality in which the candidate intends to run.
Under Part 5.1, Municipal Election Finance and Contribution Disclosure, of the Local Authorities Election Act, candidates in the 2013 Municipal Election that were required to file disclosure statements did so on or before March 1, 2014.