Elections Alberta is governed by provincial legislation. When an election, by-election, plebiscite, referendum, recall, citizen initiative or enumeration is held, we must follow the rules outlined in legislation. These include the Election Act, Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act, Referendum Act, Recall Act, Citizen Initiative Act and the Alberta Senate Election Act.
We also have other specific duties assigned by the Local Authorities Election Act and the Electoral Boundaries Commission Act.
The Election Act assigns Elections Alberta the responsibility for:
Conducting provincial elections, enumerations, by-elections and plebiscites
Maintaining an up-to-date permanent Register of Electors
Investigating complaints of possible breaches of the Act and consenting to prosecution, if warranted
As of August 1, 2019, the Election Commissioner will accept and investigate complaints and allegations related to campaign finance and contribution disclosure rules (Part 5.1), and third-party advertising rules (Part 8) contained within the Local Authorities Election Act. Complaints can arise concerning by-elections, term elections, or local general elections.
The enforcement authority of the Election Commissioner related to local authority elections includes all elections held for municipal councillors/mayors, school board trustees, irrigation district board members, and Métis Settlement councillors.
The Electoral Boundaries Commission Act assigns Elections Alberta the responsibility of providing advice, information and assistance to the Electoral Boundaries Commission established by this Act. The Commission is responsible for reviewing existing Electoral Division boundaries and for recommending Electoral Division boundaries to the Legislative Assembly. A Commission is to be appointed after every second provincial general election, between 8 and 10 years from the appointment of the last Commission.
The Chief Electoral Officer has issued a Directive under section 4.11(1), 4.11(2) and 4.12 of the Election Act to enable the Vote Anywhere Service and use of accessible voting equipment at advance voting locations. The Advance Voting Directive enables the use of ballot-on-demand, tabulators, and voter assist terminals at advance voting locations.