Vote of the Electors 2018
This November Calgarians will have the opportunity to cast a vote on whether the city should host the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. It is the first time in recent history a vote has been held outside of a General Election, but the voting process remains the same. Vote 2018 follows a non-partisan, unbiased process conducted in accordance with the Local Authorities Election Act.
On vote day, Nov. 13, 2018, Calgarians will have their say on the following question:
Are you for or are you against Calgary hosting the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games?
__ I am for Calgary hosting
__ I am against Calgary hosting
Who Can Vote
Eligibility to vote: You are eligible to vote in the 2018 Vote if on Vote Day (November 13, 2018), you:
- Have not voted in Vote 2018; and
- Are at least 18 year old; and
- Are a Canadian citizen; and
- Have resided in Alberta since May 13, 2018; and
- Are a resident of the City of Calgary on Vote Day;
- Provide one of the authorized pieces of identification.
ID requirements: In order to vote, you must bring a piece of ID containing your name and current address. Picture ID is not required. A complete list of accepted ID is available online at calgary.ca/vote2018.
Advance Vote: Nov. 6 and 7 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in all 14 wards. All eligible voters can vote during advance vote. We encourage voters to vote at the closest voting station to their home. Ballot marking devices will be available at all Ward advance vote locations. These devices are designed to provide assistance to voters who have vision loss or have a disability or medical condition which makes it difficult to traditionally mark a ballot independently.
Post Secondary Vote: On Nov. 6 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. a vote station will be available at Mount Royal University. On Nov. 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. a vote station will be available at the University of Calgary.
Vote Day: Nov. 13 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Vote day you must vote at your assigned voting station.
The list of voting stations is available online at calgary.ca/vote2018. On the website, there is an application called “Where do I vote?” Voters may enter their address on this page and will be informed of their Voting Station name and address. Voters can also find their voting station by contacting 311, by contacting the Elections and Census Office at 403-476-4100 or firstname.lastname@example.org or by looking at the map in the ad that appears in the Calgary Herald on Oct. 29 and Nov. 5.
Mail-In (Special) Ballots: You may request a mail-in ballot if you are unable to vote during the advance vote or Nov. 13 for the following reasons:
- Physically unable to get to a voting station
- you are absent from the city
- you are working vote day as a vote worker or volunteering/working on a campaign
For the first time Elections Calgary will be using vote tabulators. This will help speed up the ballot-counting process. On the night of Nov. 13, unofficial results will be posted on the City of Calgary website at calgary.ca/vote2018. Please watch the City of Calgary’s twitter @cityofcalgary on Vote night as we will advise 15 minutes before the results are released.
Official results can be viewed at the Elections Calgary Office, Municipal Building posting site and on our website at calgary.ca/vote2018 late afternoon on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018.
For more information on Vote 2018, please visit calgary.ca/vote2018.