Alberta will be choosing a new government today. Five candidates will be fighting for a seat in Lethbridge West, and four in the East, but only one person in each riding will be heading to the legislature.
Polling stations around the city will be opening at 9 a.m. and will remain open until 8:00 p.m. Longer than usual line-ups during the Advanced Polls, and all the excitement surrounding this Election will likely bring more people out to the polls, so do yourself a favour and try to get there early to avoid the line-ups, if you can.
What do you need to bring if you’re not already registered to vote?
Registered voters won’t need ID unless officials at the polls question their identity, but for those who aren’t on the voters’ list, you’ll need to prove your identity and address in order to be able to vote. That could mean a government issued ID with your photo, name and address.
Alternatively, voters can prove they live in a riding with two valid original documents. One piece must include your name, and the other your address (see full list below). Voters also have the option of swearing an oath, and have another eligible voter from the same poll (ie. neighbour or roommate) vouch for your identity.
Valid Identification Documents
- AISH card
- Alta. Forestry ID card
- Alta. Health Care Insurance Plan card
- Alta. Health Services ID band (patient wrist band)
- Alta. Natural resources ID card
- Alta. Service Dog Team ID card
- Alta. Wildlife (WIN) ID card
- Baptismal Certificate
- Birth Certificate
- Can. Air Transportation Security Agency ID Card
- Can. Blood Services card
- CANPASS card (border services accelerated service system)
- Can. Border Services Agency Free and Secure Trade card
- Can. Border Services Agency Nexus card
- Can. Forces Civilian ID card
- Can. Forces Health card
- Can. Forces ID card
- Can. Passport
- Citizenship card
- Can. National Institute for the Blind ID card
- Attestation of Residence (issued by the responsible authority of First Nations band or reserve)
- Bank/credit card statement or personal cheque
- Correspondence issued by a school, college or university
- Government cheque or cheque stub
- Income/property tax assessment notice
- Insurance policy or coverage card
- Letter from a public curator, public guardian or public trustee
- One of the following issued by the responsible authority of a shelter or soup kitchen: Attestation of residence, letter of stay, admission form or statement of benefits
- Pension Plan statement of benefits, contributions or participation
- Prescription bottle insert
- Residential lease or mortgage statement
- Statement of government benefits (Employment insuracne, old-age security, social assistance, disability support, or child tax benefit)
- Utility bill
- Vehicle ownership or insurance certificate