Candidate Information

There have been changes since the 2017 Municipal Election that may affect you.  The Local Authorities Election Act (LAEA) was recently updated, please click here for a copy.

Become a Candidate

The candidate nomination guide is now available here. (Revised with the new forms on January 15, 2021.  The package was updated February 9, 2021 to advise that Elected Officials will be able to participate in the health benefits package if they are elected)

This package may be printed upon request.

Are you qualified to be a candidate in the upcoming election? (see Section 21: Qualification of Candidates of the LAEA):
  • a person that is eligible to vote in that election;
  • a person that has been a resident of the Town of St. Paul for 6 consecutive months immediately preceding nomination day (September 20, 2021).

Orientation

The elected Mayor & Council orientation is scheduled for Thursday, November 4th from 6-9pm and Friday, November 5th from 9am-3pm.  All candidates should save this time in your calendars. This is a requirement under the Municipal Government Act, that Administration schedule an orientation for the elected officials.

Check Eligibility

Are you ineligible to be a candidate in the upcoming election? (see Section 22: Ineligibility of the LAEA)
  • a person is the auditor of the Town of St. Paul;
  • a person is an employee of the Town of St. Paul for which the election is to be held unless the person takes a leave of absence;
  • a person is indebted to the Town of St. Paul of which the person is an election for taxes in default exceeding $50.00;
  • a person is indebted to the Town of St. Paul for which the election is to be held for any debt exceeding $500 and in default for more than 90 days;
  • a person as, within the previous 10 years, been convicted of an offence under the LAEA, the Election Act, the Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act or the Canada Elections Act.

Nomination Period and Submitting your Nomination Papers

The nomination period for the next general election is between January 1, 2021 until September 20, 2021 (12Noon). As January 1st is a statutory holiday, nominations can be received starting January 4, 2021 at the Town Hall Administration office.

To ensure the safety of the candidates and Returning Officer/ Substitute Returning Officer with the COVID-19 pandemic, candidates are encouraged to book an appointment in advance to file your nomination papers.  This appointment is being suggested mainly to accommodate candidates safely and to ensure a Commissioner For Oaths is available to sign the appropriate form (if desired).  Please ensure that you are symptom free. A limit of two people will be allowed to attend an appointment - the candidate and one other person. All individuals attending must wear a mask. 

A list of registered candidates (First & Last Name) is expected to be published to this site on March 1, 2021, June 1, 2021 and then weekly on Fridays starting September 3, 2021 until the close of the nominations.

**Due to the Town Hall office closure to the public effective December 14, 2020, the Returning Officer can be reached 780-645-8540 to find out how your nomination papers can be filed.**

Campaign Finances

Know the rules for campaign contributions and expenses.  Take the time to know the rules under Section 5.1: Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure of the LAEA. This is a change from the previous municipal election.

Duties of registered candidates:
  • Open a bank account (at time of nomination or after receiving $1000.00 in contributions);
  • Record contributions and expenditures;
  • Issue receipts for contributions; and
  • Submit a Campaign Disclosure Statement (required by all candidates whether elected or not) to the Local Authority (Town of St. Paul) by March 1, 2022.
*Failure of a candidate to comply can lead to a penalty.
*Candidates must file their nomination papers to the Returning Officer prior to accepting any contributions.

Limitations on Contributors:
  • Only an individual who ordinarily resides in Alberta
  • No prohibited organizations and no individuals ordinarily residents outside of Alberta
  • Limit of $5,000 per contributors
  • Limit of $10,000 of own contribution

Complaints about campaign finance activities related to candidates and third party advertisers can be made to the Alberta Election Commissioner. Learn more about Elections Alberta compliance and enforcement.

Candidates are encouraged to obtain their own legal advice to ensure they understand their obligations under this section. 

Have a question for the Returning Officer?

We are here to help, please call us if you have any questions and are thinking of becoming a candidate at:
Aline Brousseau, Returning Officer  
Ph. 780-645-8540 / 780-645-1766

Jim Laidley, Substitute Returning Officer 
Ph.  780-645-1762

Email: election@town.stpaul.ab.ca

Scrutineers

Scrutineers may be appointed by candidates to observe during the Advance Vote and on Election Day. Scrutineers must be 18 years of age or over. A person convicted of an offence under the Local Authorities Election Act, the Elections Act, or the Canada Elections Act in the past 10 years cannot be a scrutineer.

Scrutineers may observe election process except for voters marking their ballots. Scrutineers may attend more than one voting station. Scrutineers cannot vouch for a person to validate their identity and address.

A candidate can have one scrutineer in a voting station at a time. The candidate, their official agent and a scrutineer cannot be in a voting station at the same time (only one person at time). The scrutineer does not have to remain at the voting station during the whole of voting hours. A scrutineer may change throughout the day. A scrutineer may come and go from the voting station.

The candidate and their official agent or scrutineer are not permitted to be in the voting station at the same time during voting hours or ballot counting. If a candidate or their agent wishes to speak with the scrutineer, it must be outside of the voting station.

Candidates, their official agent or scrutineers must be present in the voting station before 8 p.m. if they wish to view the tallying of the ballots.  NO ONE is permitted to enter the voting station after 8 p.m.




Last Updated: February 26, 2021