A person is eligible to vote in a school board trustee election if they:
- are at least 18 years of age;
- are a Canadian citizen; and
- reside in Alberta and their place of residence is located in the school board’s boundaries on election day
Where a separate school district is established, an individual residing in the boundaries of the established area is considered a separate school elector if they declare they are of the same faith (either Protestant or Roman Catholic) as those who established the separate school district. A separate school elector is eligible to be nominated as or vote for either a public school trustee or a separate school trustee for the school board in which the person resides (not both).
There are two distinct dimensions that determine a person’s place of residence: physical
residence and faith-based residence.
Physical residence is governed by these rules:
- 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 for the purposes of candidacy and voting.
- 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 their residence by leaving their home for a temporary purpose, such as going on vacation.
Like the eligibility requirements above, a person who resides in the boundaries of an established area is a resident of the separate school division if they declare they are of the same faith as those who established the separate school district.
To help to determine a person’s place of residence, the following can be used in order of priority:
- The address shown on the person’s driver’s license issued on behalf of the Government of Alberta or an identification card issued on behalf of the Government of Alberta.
- The address where the person’s income tax correspondence is addressed and delivered to.
- The address where the person’s mail is addressed and delivered to.
Where elections are concerned, a person loses their place of residence if they leave without the intention of returning to it. People who don’t meet the residency requirements aren’t allowed to run or vote in that election.
Requirements for Voter Identification
An elector who has shown valid identification and signs the appropriate declaration can vouch for an elector who does not have identification.