Nomination Period

The nomination period begins January 1, 2021, and runs until 12 noon on Nomination Day: Monday, September 20, 2021.

Election Day

Election Day is Monday, October 18, 2021. 

Mackenzie County is divided into ten electoral areas called wards. Each ward has a Councillor that has been elected by citizens within his/her ward boundaries. Each Council member serves a four-year term. The elected Council then elects a Reeve and Deputy Reeve from within, on an annual basis.

Candidate Information Guide and Nomination Package

The 2021 Candidate Information Guide contains information on pertinent legislation, elected official positions, candidate eligibility, nomination procedures, campaigning, and voting procedures. This information is not a replacement for consulting the actual legislation or obtaining legal advice. There may be severe penalties, including fines and disqualification from elected office if you are found to be in breach of any provisions.

The Nomination Paper and Candidate Acceptance Form (Form 4) is valid if signed by at least five eligible voters. It is recommended that candidates obtain more than the required number of signatures by completing the Supplementary Nominations and Contact Information Form to avoid eligibility challenges. Candidates must also complete and file the Candidate Financial Information Form (Form 5) at the same time as their Nomination Paper.

To ensure that the Returning Officer is available to accept your nomination please call in advance to make arrangements. Nominations will be received at the following location only:

Mackenzie County Corporate Office
4511-46 Avenue, Fort Vermilion, AB
Phone: 780-927-3718

Additional Forms

Proof of Identification for Section 52 Access (Form 11)

Campaign Worker Proof of Identification (Form 12)

Campaign Disclosure Statement and Financial Statement (Form 26) 

Registration of a Third Party (Form 27) 

Notice of Nomination Day - Coming Soon

Click here to access the notice of nomination day which includes the time and location for the submission of nomination forms.

Nomination Eligibility

Nomination Eligibility - You are eligible for nomination if you meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • you are eligible to vote in this election
  • you are a resident of Mackenzie County AND the Ward, for six consecutive months immediately preceding Nomination Day
  • you are not otherwise ineligible or disqualified
  • See Section 22 of the Local Authorities Election Act for Ineligibility of Candidates.

Voter Eligibility

Voter Eligibility - You are eligible to vote if you meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • you are 18 years of age or over
  • you are a Canadian citizen
  • you live in Alberta
  • you are a resident of Mackenzie County and the Ward on Election Day
  • you have acceptable voter identification
  • you have not voted in this election before
  • you sign a declaration that you meet these qualifications

Voter Identification Requirements

In order to vote, you must produce identification for inspection. The identification must be one or more of the following as required by section 53 of the Local Authorities Election Act or local bylaw.

  • One piece of photo identification issued by a Canadian government which includes the elector's name and current address
  • Operator/Driver's License; Government Photo Identification Card (for non-driver's); or

One piece of identification authorized by the Chief Electoral Officer under the Election Act establishes the elector's name and current address. Click here for voter identification requirements for local elections.

The Attestation of Identity and Ordinary Residence for Tenant Elector Form may be used by renters to prove residency for the purposes of voting at the election.

Election Worker Applications

Mackenzie County is looking for Election Workers for the upcoming 2021 Municipal Election to assist at voting stations throughout the County. The following shifts will be available:

  • Wednesday, October 13 - 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 16 - 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Monday, October 18 - 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Election Workers will be compensated at a rate of $19.95/hour. All applicants must be available to attend a training session; date TBD.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please complete a copy of the Election Worker Application. Completed applications can be submitted to:

Mackenzie County
Attn: Returning Officer
4511-46 Avenue, Box 640
Fort Vermilion, AB, T0H 1N0
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: 780-927-3718
Fax: 780-927-4266

Additional Resources

Running for Municipal Office in Alberta - A Candidate's Guide

Alberta Municipal Affairs

Elections Canada

Elections Alberta

Previous Election Results

2017 Unofficial Election Results

2013 Offical Election Results


If you require more information on the upcoming election, please contact Carrie Simpson, Returning Officer, at (780) 927-3718 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Note: The above is condensed information provided as assistance to the public only. For the exact wording of the legislation, please refer to the Local Authorities Election Act.