In Alberta, General Municipal Elections are conducted every four years, under the provisions of the Local Authorities Election Act. The next general election is scheduled to take place on Monday, October 16, 2017. Morinville residents will elect a Mayor and 6 Councillors to serve a four-year term. Please note: each candidate is responsible for ensuring compliance with the laws governing elections and for obtaining any necessary legal advice.
The Local Authorities Election Act (Act) can be accessed through Alberta Queen's Printer.
The 2017 Candidate Handbook is available for anyone considering running for Municipal Council. Information on School Trustee campaigns is also included in the handbook. Individuals considering running for school trustee can visit the Greater St Albert Catholic Schools website (http://www.gsacrd.ab.ca/) or Sturgeon School Division website (http://www.sturgeon.ab.ca/).
- Nomination Day: Monday, September 18, 2017
- Advance Voting: Wednesday, October 4, 2017 [4-8 p.m.] and Saturday, October 14, 2017 [10 a.m.-2 p.m.] in the Stapleton Room (2nd floor, St. Germain Place 10125-100 Ave.)
- Municipal Election: Monday, October 16, 2017
Notice of Intent to Run:
Individuals considering running in the 2017 Morinville Municipal election must register with the Municipality prior to accepting any campaign contributions under Section 147.21 of the Act. The Candidate Registration Form (Notice of Intent) is linked below. Changes to any of the information must be reported in writing to the Municipality within 48 hours after the change. Please be advised the candidates name will be made public.
As per the Local Authorities Election Act, no candidate may accept campaign contributions, including the funds of the candidate, unless the candidate is registered with the municipality in which the candidate intends to run. If the Candidate's entire election campaign is funded exclusively out of the candidate's own funds up to a maximum of $10,000, the candidate is not required to submit a Notice of Intent (Candidate Registration).
The following individuals have submitted their Notice of Intent (Candidate Registration) for the 2017 election:
- Richardson, Scott
- Turner, Barry
An All-Candidates Forum hosted by the Morinville and District Chamber of Commerce is scheduled for September 27, 2017, at 6 p.m. (Doors open at 5:30 p.m.) at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre (9502-100 Avenue). If you have any questions regarding the forum, please contact the Chamber at 780-939-9462.
Candidate Information Sessions:
The Capital Region Board will be hosting two information/orientation sessions for candidates. The first on September 26, 2017, between 6:30 & 8 p.m. - REGISTER HERE. The second will be on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 between 8 & 9:30 a.m. - REGISTER HERE. The theme will be Edmonton Metropolitan Region 101 for Regional Municipal Candidates. The sessions will be held at La Cite Francophone, 8627 rue Marie Gaboury (91 Street) in Edmonton. Registration for this session opens July 10, 2017. If you have questions or require further information please contact the Capital Region Board at 780-638-6008.
During October 2016, a campaign was started called #ReadyForHer by Minister Stephanie McLean. This campaign is to encourage women to turn their passion for community improvement into a campaign for office. An online resource was launched to help women consider their political potential and start their campaign. The resource touches on Roles and Responsibilities, Qualifications, Nominations, Campaigning, Fundraising and Campaign Guides and Resources. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact our office.
Monthly articles are being published on important procedures for potential candidates as well as changes that may take place prior to Election Day.
January's article outlined the Candidate Information session that will take place on Monday, February 27, 2017 beginning at 6:30 pm in Council Chambers.
December's article highlights the newly approved Council Remuneration Policy. Council approved the policy which will take effect on October 24, 2017 (in conjunction with the newly elected Council swearing in ceremony). Please ensure you review this policy as it plays a major role in the relation between a daily schedule and a Councillors schedule.
November's article highlighted the Notice of Intent to run in the upcoming Municipal Election.
- Changes to the Local Authorities Election Act beginning January 1, 2014, requires that no candidate may accept campaign contributions, including the funds of the candidate, unless the candidate is registered with the municipality in which the candidate intends to run.
Under Part 5.1, Municipal Election Finance and Contribution Disclosure, of the Local Authorities Election Act, candidates in the 2013 Municipal Election that were required to file disclosure statements did so on or before March 1, 2014.