Official Results will be announced at 12:00pm (noon) on Friday, October 20, 2017.
The Town of Turner Valley is holding a municipal election in the fall of 2017 in accordance with the Local Authorities Election Act (LAEA) and the needs of the community. Local elections in the Province of Alberta are governed by the LAEA, and other election-related regulation.
The Town of Turner Valley, and the local school boards, are required to hold an election every four years.
2017 Municipal Election
Thursday, October 5, 2017 1:00pm to 8:00pm
Town of Turner Valley Municipal Office – Council Chambers
514 Windsor Avenue NW, Turner Valley
Monday, October 16, 2017 10:00am to 8:00pm
Flare n’ Derrick Community Hall
131 Main Street, Turner Valley
Elected Municipal Positions
The following roles will be filled through the 2017 municipal election:
One Mayor, elected at large
Six Councillors, elected at large
Nominations for the positions of Mayor and Councillors closed on September 18, 2017, sufficient nominations were received by the returning officer. The LAEA provides in Section 32 for a candidate to choose to withdraw their candidacy within 24 hours of the close of the nomination period (noon September 19); as none of the candidates withdrew, the official 2017 Municipal Candidates are listed below.
Official Election Candidates List
Chief Elected Official (Mayor)
Rowntree, Gary Norman
Dixon, Curtis A
Hutton, Debra (Deb)
Pfeil, Gerald T
Waring, John Michael
A person is eligible to vote in the Turner Valley municipal election if:
- the person is 18 years of age;
- the person is a Canadian Citizen;
- the person has resided in Alberta for 6 months immediately preceding Election Day; and
- the person’s place of residence is located in the municipality of Turner Valley on Election Day.
A person may be a resident of only one place at a time for the purposes of voting. If a person has more than one residence in Alberta, they must designate one place of residence as their permanent residence. A residence is the place where the person lives and sleeps and where they intend to return following an absence. A person does not lose the person’s residence by leaving their home for a temporary purpose.
Proof of Elector Eligibility
Every person who arrives at and attends a voting station must be permitted to vote if:
- The person makes a statement in the presence of an officer at the voting station, in the prescribed form (Form 8 – Voting Register) and produces for inspection proof of identity and current residence.
Identification that will be accepted includes the following:
- One piece of identification issued by a Canadian Government (federal, provincial or local), or an agency of that government, that contains a photo of the elector and his/her name and current address; or
- One piece of identification authorized by the Chief Electoral Office under the Alberta Election Act that establishes the electors name and current address.
Please see the authorized list of Voter Identification Requirements.
Frequently Asked Questions – Voter ID
What if I don’t have any photo ID like a driver’s license?
- It doesn’t matter. Just bring anything else you have from the above list of voter identification requirements that has your name and address on it.
Do I need more than one document?
- No, only one document with your name and address is needed.
What if all of my documents have a post office box address?
- That is ok. As long as it makes sense that a person in your voting subdivision or ward would have a post office box at your mailing address, it will be accepted. The post office box doesn’t have to be in your voting subdivision or ward – just reasonably close by.
I used to have to sign a form to say that I am eligible. Do I still have to sign that form?
- Yes, you will still have to sign the Statement of Elector Eligibility (Form 8 – Voting Register) as well as provide one of the above documents that contains your name and address.
What if I don’t have any accounts or documents in my own name?
- Have your landlord, facility, or organization manager sign a letter or form (attestation) to confirm your address, and bring it with you to the voting station. You will have to have this prepared before you come to vote, so plan ahead.
Two deputies will attend the Oilfields Hospital at 12:00 p.m (noon) on Monday, October 16 to offer the opportunity for patients who are normally Turner Valley residents to participate in the vote. Proof of residency will be required.
Incapacitated Voters – Vote at Home Service
The Town is making voting in the 2017 municipal election easier for residents who are physically unable to leave their homes. Incapacitated voters can submit a request, and will have two deputies come to their home to register their vote.
Incapacitated voting must happen on Election Day, which is Monday, October 16, 2017, from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
To make arrangements for Incapacitated Voting, please contact Returning Officer, Heather Thomson, in advance of election day at 403.933.6207.
I’ve never voted before… what do I need to do?
- When you enter the voting station, have your identification ready. Election staff will direct you to the appropriate Turner Valley polling station. The election staff will verify your identification and give you a Form 8 – Voting Register, which is your oath that you are an eligible voter, to fill out and sign. Then you will be given your ballot(s), initialed by the election workers, and directed to a voting compartment.
- In the privacy of the voting booth (you must go there alone, you cannot take someone to assist you, unless you require physical assistance to complete the voting process… there is a slightly different process to accomplish that) you will then mark your ballot (click here to see Form 7 – Instructions for Electors) to indicate the candidate(s) of your choice.
- Be sure to fold your ballots back the way they were presented to you – this is to preserve the confidentiality of your vote, while still allowing the election worker to verify the initials on the ballot.
- Return your folded ballot to the election worker who provided it to you – they need to verify their own initials. Then you will place your ballot in the ballot box.
You have now voted in your very first election. Congratulations! Please leave the voting station at this time, to preserve the confidentiality of the other voters.
Declaration of Results
The returning officer may publish unofficial results after an election as the results are received from voting stations (same night).
At 12 noon on the 4th day following Election Day (October 20th), the returning officer at the local jurisdiction office, must announce or post a statement of the results, including a declaration that the candidate receiving the highest number of votes for each office to be filled is elected.
Swearing In and First Organizational Meeting
The Swearing In and First Organizational Meeting of the 2017-2021 Council for the Town of Turner Valley will be held in Council Chambers on Monday, October 30, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.
Additional Questions and Information
Questions about the process or rules may be directed to the Returning Officer, Heather Thomson, by phone, 403.933.6207, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.