Insufficient Nominations Received
If sufficient nominations to fill all vacancies are not received during January 1, 2021 and 12:00 PM on Nomination Day (September 20, 2021), the time for receiving nominations shall be adjourned to the next day at the same place at 10:00 AM and shall remain open until 12:00 PM. This shall continue to be adjourned each day in the same manner until the required number of candidates has been nominated or a period of six days including nomination day, but not including Saturdays, Sundays or holidays.
Election by Acclamation
If, at the close of nominations, the number of persons nominated is the same as the number required to the elected, the Returning Officer will declare the persons nominated to be elected by acclamation to the offices for which they were nominated.
Declaration of an Election
If more than the required number of persons for any office remain nominated 24 hours after the close of nominations, the Returning Officer shall declare that an election is to be held for the filling of that office. ELECTION DAY is Monday, October 18, 2021.
Designation of Voting Stations
The Board of the Prairie Rose School Division has the option to pass a by-law, prior to June 30, 2021, permitting the Returning Officer to designate more than one voting station in a ward. This decision will be made closer to June 30, 2021.
The Returning Officer will advise all nominated candidates, within one week of nomination day, as to the location of all voting stations in the relevant wards. Voting stations will be added to more than one place in a ward to allow for travel that is more convenient for voters. Every effort will be made to minimize travel and to choose locations most often frequented by local electors.
The locations will be reviewed by the Returning Officer if local residents or candidates can justify the addition, deletion or moving of any voting station. However, the final decision of location and number of voting stations shall be the responsibility of the Returning Officer.
A candidate may, on the nomination form, appoint an agent to represent him or her. The agent must be at least 18 years of age and must be prepared to subscribe to an Oath of Office in order to remain on the site at a voting station. Agents may not wear promotional material or in any fashion advertise his or her support for their candidate.
A candidate or his/her agent, but not both, may observe the counting of the votes at the closing of the poll, however, the candidate or agent may not touch or assist in the ballot counting process. Members of the media or press are not allowed to be present while ballots are being counted and in fact must leave the voting station immediately at 8:00 PM on election day.
The Returning Officer or his deputy may designate the place or places from which an agent may observe the election procedure.
Campaign Finance and Contribution Disclosures
School Board election candidates are now required to follow Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure rules from section 147 of the Local Authorities Election Act. Some highlights from this section are as follows:
- Only an individual ordinarily a resident in Alberta can make a contribution to a candidate. An individual can only contribute up to a maximum of $5,000 to a candidate.
- A candidate can contribute a maximum of $10,000 of their own money to their own School Board Trustee campaign.
- A candidate shall not accept contributions or incur campaign expenses until they have been nominated for a School Board Trustee vacancy.
- Receipts should be issued for every contribution received and kept for any expenses incurred.
- Every candidate, including a candidate who withdraws, is required to file a disclosure statement with the Returning Officer on or before March 1 immediately after the general election (March 1, 2022). The disclosure statement requirements can be found in the Local Authorities Election Act in section 147.4.
- Candidates should become familiar with their responsibilities under Section 147 of the Local Authorities Election Act – Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure.
Election results will be compiled by the Returning Officer at the office at 918 – 2nd Avenue, in Dunmore, Alberta. Every effort will be made to contact each candidate before releasing the results to the media. It is therefore very important that the Returning Officer be advised of a telephone number where each candidate can be reached during the hours of 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM on the evening of Monday, October 18, 2021.
Official Results will be released by the Returning Officer through posting a statement on the Prairie Rose School Division website at 12:00 PM on Friday October 22, 2021.
Term of Office
The term of office for elected official is 4 years. Elected officials are expected to take office on October 26, 2021, subject to change.