What do you mean, I am not a resident?

(AEN) - Have you let a few elections pass by because you’re not sure that you are eligible to vote? You may have talked to friends, who said, ”Don’t bother, you don’t own property. You are not eligible to vote.”  The best rule of thumb is, "don’t always take advice by casual friends."  The truth is, you are probably eligible to vote, and it really is a civic duty to do so.

If you are 18 years old or over and your place of resides is in Leduc, then you are most likely expected to be seen this year at a polling station making your mark. When it comes to residency, the “Place of residence” is governed by the following rules:

  • a person may be a resident of only one place at a time for the purposes of voting;
  • if a person has more than one residence in Alberta, that person shall designate one place of residence as the person’s place of residence;
  • the residence of a person is the place where the person lives and sleeps and to which, when the person is absent, the person intends to return;
  • a person does not lose the person’s residence by leaving the person’s home for a temporary purpose;

a student who:

  • attends an educational institution within or outside Alberta;
  • temporarily rents accommodation for the purpose of attending an educational institution, and
  • has family members who are residents in Alberta and with whom the student ordinarily resides when not attending an educational institution;
  • is deemed to reside with those family members;
  • if a person leaves the area with the intention of making the person’s residence elsewhere, the person loses the person’s residence within the area;

a person shall designate the person’s place of residence in accordance with the following factors in the following order of priority:

  • the address shown on the person’s driver’s licence or motor vehicle operator’s licence issued by or on behalf of the Government of Alberta or an identification card issued by or on behalf of the Government of Alberta;
  • the address to which the person’s income tax correspondence is addressed and delivered;
  • the address to which the person’s mail is addressed and delivered;
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