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Saturday , 28 May 2022

Writ has been issued for the Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche by-election

Alberta’s Chief Electoral Officer, Glen Resler, confirms that a writ was issued today to administer a by-election in Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche to elect a member to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.

The Chief Electoral Officer has the authority, under Sections 9(1) and 47(1) of the Election Act to appoint returning officers and election clerks. These officers play a vital role in the fair and impartial management of provincial general elections and by-elections.

“Appointments have been made for the returning officer and election clerk in Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche and they are ready to conduct voting in the electoral division,” said Resler.

Election Day is March 15, 2022

Voter Eligibility

Canadian citizens who are at least 18 years of age on election day are eligible to vote if they are an ordinary resident of the electoral division. Electors who are uncertain if they reside in the electoral division of Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche can use the “Where Do I Vote” tool on the Elections Alberta website to determine their eligibility.

Voter Registration

An elector with an Alberta’s Driver’s License or an Alberta Identification Card may register online at www.voterlink.ab.ca until March 2, 2022. To register to vote at an advance poll or on election day, electors must provide authorized identification, which contains their name and shows a residential address in the electoral division. A list of authorized identification can be found on the Elections Alberta website (click “Voters” and then “ID Required to Vote”).

Electors who are already registered to vote at their current residential address do not need to register again.

Key Timelines

Electors have 28 days to vote by Special Ballot beginning today. Special ballots may be completed in the returning office, picked up by a designate of the elector, or mailed to the elector anywhere in the world. Applications can be submitted online at the Elections Alberta website (click “2022 By-Election” and then “Apply for a Special Ballot”).

Candidate nominations are now open and end on February 25, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.

Advance Polls begin on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 and end on Saturday March 12, 2022.

Election Day is March 15, 2022. All polls will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Unofficial results will be available after the polls close on Election Day.

Official results will be announced on March 25, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.

Electoral Division Information

There are 23,864 electors in Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche. The percentage of voter turnout in the 2019 Provincial General Election for Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche was 58.2 per cent in comparison to the provincial voter turnout of 67.5 per cent.

About Arthur C. Green

Arthur C. Green is an award winning journalist and is from Whitbourne Newfoundland. Green graduated from the CNA Journalism Program. Arthur also studied Business Marketing and Political Science at Memorial University in Essex England and St. John's Newfoundland. Green has worked for such organizations as CBC, CBC Radio, NTV, Saltwire, Great West Media, CKLB Radio, River Radio, Vista Radio, and Postmedia. He also loves Jiggs Dinner and can fillet a Codfish.