Calgarians who are unable to vote on election day can now request to mail-in their ballot.
People with disabilities, serious illness or individuals who are working, vacationing, studying away from home as well as election or campaign workers can request a mail-in ballot if they will not be able to vote during the Advance Vote or on Election Day. Mail-in ballots helps make sure that all eligible voters have an opportunity to participate in the 2010 Civic Election.
“New to the process in 2010, electors will be required to include a photocopy of an acceptable piece of identification with their mail-in ballot.” explained Barb Clifford, Deputy Returning Officer.
City Council approved a motion in 2008 to make mail-in ballots available to eligible voters for the 2010 Civic Election.
The City Election & Information Service Office will accept requests for mail-in ballots until 4:30 p.m. on Election Day. Requests can be made by one of the following options:
- Online - calgary.ca/election and submit an online ballot form
- Telephone - 403-476-4100 (option 2)
- Fax - 403-476-4101
- In person - pick up at Calgary Election & Information Office at 1103 55 Avenue N.E.
- Mail - write the Returning Officer at:
Election and Information Services
1103 55 Avenue N.E.
Calgary, Alberta T2E 6W1
Ballots and information packages will be mailed to requestors beginning September 21, 2010, following Nomination Day. Ballots must be returned in the envelope provided and received by the Election Office no later than 8:00 p.m. on October 18, 2010, in accordance with the instructions.
October 18, 2010 is Election Day for all eligible voters. Calgarians elect one Mayor, 14 aldermen, seven Calgary Board of Education trustees, seven Calgary Catholic School District trustees (each representing two of 14 wards).
For more information, candidates and eligible voters can visit calgary.ca/election or on Facebook at facebook.com/Calgary2010Election