10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Lac Ste. Anne County Administration Office located at 56521 range road 65.
County Information for Candidates
Learn about what's involved in becoming a Lac Ste. Anne County Councillor by reviewing the PDF documents below. Additionally, prospective candidates candidates are encouraged to download the Local Authorities Election Act and the Municipal Government Act from the Alberta Queen's Printer website.
Candidates must have their nomination papers filed with the returning officer, Tracy Mindus, on nomination day, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 12 noon.
The returning officer may refuse nomination papers ONLY if:
- The papers are not signed by at least the minimum number of electors required; or
- The papers are not accompanied by the required deposit
The required number of electors to sign the nomination papers in Lac Ste. Anne County is five (5). However, it is recommended that you receive more to ensure if someone challenges the validity of a name then you ensure you still have the required number of signatures, if it is declared invalid.
On nomination day your nomination papers must accompany a deposit in the amount of $50.00 and shall be accepted by cash, certified cheque or money order. The candidate will receive the money back if:
- The candidate is declared elected;
- The candidate obtains at least half the number of votes than the candidate elected to office with the least number of votes;
- The candidate withdraws within 24 hours of filing the nomination papers; or
- If the candidate does not meet the qualifications above, the deposit shall be paid into the general revenue of the municipality
Withdrawal of Nomination
A candidate may withdraw their nomination within 24 hours of the end of nomination day, up to 12 noon on the day after nomination day. A candidate must withdraw in person and in writing to the returning officer.
If, after one or more candidates have withdrawn, the number of remaining candidates does not exceed the number of vacancies available, the returning officer shall refuse to accept any further withdrawals.
If, at the close of nominations, the number of nominations received equal the number required to be elected, the returning officer shall not accept withdrawals.
Election by Acclamation
At the close of nominations, the number of nominations received by the returning officer is equal to the number of persons required to be elected, the returning officer shall declare the persons nominated to be elected to the office that they filed nomination papers.
Candidate Self-Funded Election Campaign
Any money up to and including $10,000, paid by a candidate, out of the candidates own funds, are not considered a campaign contribution. If the candidate’s entire campaign is self-funded, the candidate is not required to register a notice of intent to run with the municipality, open and deposit funds into a campaign account, or file a disclosure statement with the municipality.
Municipal Candidate Registry and Filing of Notice of Intent to Become a Municipal Candidate Form
In accordance with the changes to the Local Authorities Election Act, Lac Ste. Anne County will be maintaining a registry of individuals that intend to be candidates in future elections on or after January 1, 2014. If someone intends to run in Lac Ste. Anne County elections, and intends to begin raising funds and receive donations for that purpose, they must be registered with the Municipality under Section 147.21 of the Act, before accepting any campaign contributions. Please note: You do not have to intend to receive donations to register this form and if you have checked the box that says you are self-funded and that changes, please be sure to inform the returning officer, in writing, within 48 hours of the change occurring.
What is Campaign Disclosure?
Every candidate who has accepted contributions from any person, corporation, trade union, or employee organization or has funded their campaign in a combination of contributions and funds provided for by the candidate is required to file a disclosure statement with the municipality on or before March 1 immediately following the general election. Candidates are strongly urged to read and understand Part 5.1 of the Local Authorities Election Act. This part of the Act pertains to Municipal Election Finance and Contribution Disclosure.