Here's everything you need to know about voting in the Olympic plebiscite

Nov 12 2018, 6:28 pm

It’s almost time to vote.

Following an interesting few months full of city council meetings, public engagement, and agreements made between Calgary and the provincial and federal governments, the people of Calgary will finally get to weigh in on whether or not YYC should bid for the 2026 Olympics.

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The city-wide plebiscite is scheduled for Tuesday, November 13, and anyone who didn’t cast their vote at the advance voting polls or through a mail-in ballot will be able to have their say sometime between 8 am and 8 pm — as long as they are eligible to vote, that is.

Here’s what you need to know regarding if you can vote, how to vote, and where to vote in Calgary’s Olympic plebiscite.

Voter ID

You need to bring ID that proves your identity and home address. Your Alberta driver’s license, Alberta Identification card, or government-issued/school documents will work as well. Picture ID is not a requirement.

Find a list of acceptable IDs here.

Where to vote

All eligible voters must vote at their designated voting station on Voting Day. You can find the locations of voting places by using the City of Calgary’s interactive voting station map on their website.

Voting by mail

You can request a voting package and cast your ballot by mail.

So, if you’re away during the plebiscite you can still vote. Just remember to make sure you return your completed voting package to the elections and census office no later than 8 pm on November 13.

More info about voting by mail is available here.

General voting

Voting locations will be open from 10 am to 8 pm on Voting Day — November 13. Voters must vote at their designated voting station on that day.

Remember, to be eligible to vote you:

  • 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 subdivision on Vote Day; and
  • Have not voted in Vote 2018;
  • Provide one of the authorized pieces of identification.

Before you vote you must sign a statement that you are eligible to vote.*

* It is an offence to sign a false statement.

A student who:

  • Attends an educational institution within or, outside Alberta;
  • Temporarily rents accommodation for the purpose of attending an educational institution; and
  • Has family members who are resident in Alberta and with whom the student ordinarily resides when not attending an educational institution, is deemed to be a resident.

For more information on how, where, and when to vote, visit Elections Calgary.

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