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The 2021 Candidate Information Guide is available by clicking here.

You may reach County election staff by emailing election@laclabichecounty.com. 

The next general election will be held on Monday, October 18, 2021, when voters will elect County Council. Those elected in 2021 will serve a four-year term.     

County Council consists of 9 members, including a Mayor elected-at-large and 8 ward Councillors who represent 7 wards.  The Hamlet of Lac La Biche is represented by 2 Councillors.  Bylaw 12-043 establishes the ward boundaries for the County and these boundaries remain in effect for the 2021 municipal election. 

The Local Authorities Election Act governs municipal elections.  This Act sets out rules and regulations for candidates, electors, donors and election administrators.  The Local Authorities Election Act (LAEA) is available from the Alberta Queen’s Printer.   

In addition to the Local Authorities Election Act, Lac La Biche County’s Election Bylaw sets out specific provisions for certain aspects of the election process.  Click here to view the Election Bylaw

Key 2021 Election Dates

Campaign period                              January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021
Nomination Period                         January 1, 2021* – 12 Noon, September 20, 2021
Special Ballot Applications             Beginning August 1, 2021
Advance Voting                                To be determined
Election Day                                     October 18, 2021
Campaign Disclosure Statement   March 1, 2022 

Information for voters will become available as Election Day approaches.

Nomination Process

If you wish to run as a candidate for the position of Mayor or Ward Councillor, you must:

  • Meet the eligibility requirements;
  • Complete the nomination papers and candidate’s acceptance form, including obtaining the required number of signatures from eligible electors;
  • Complete the candidate information form; and
  • Pay the $100 nomination deposit. 

The nomination deposit may be paid by cash, debit, credit, money order or certified cheque (payable to Lac La Biche County).   

*In-person submission of nomination papers will be accepted, starting January 4, 2021, at McArthur Place in Lac La Biche during regular office hours. To ensure availability of election staff, those wishing to file nomination papers in-person shall pre-book an appointment with the Returning Officer. The Returning Officer for the 2021 election is Melanie McConnell.  To book an appointment, please call 780-623-1747 or email election@laclabichecounty.com. All public health regulations and orders will be followed. 

Prospective candidates may find additional information on municipal office on the Alberta Municipal Affairs webpage at Municipal government | Alberta.ca.  In addition to the Municipal Government Act and other government resources, A candidate’s guide : running for municipal office in Alberta [2020] - Open Government provides information for prospective candidates. Alberta Municipal Affairs also has a number of fact sheets that guide readers through the 2018 and 2020 amendments to the Local Authorities Election Act.

Candidates are expected to understand their obligations under the Act and are encouraged to seek legal advice, where appropriate, on how these rules affect them. 

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