All Albertans are invited to provide input on possible changes to the Local Authorities Election Act suggested by municipalities following the last local elections. Some of the major ideas include moving to four-year terms instead of three-year terms for local elected officials and having local elections in the spring instead of fall.
“Given that voting is one of the most fundamental democratic rights, all Albertans deserve a say in how their local elections are governed,” said Doug Griffiths, Minister of Municipal Affairs.
Some of the issues municipalities and municipal associations have suggested be incorporated into the review include:
- terms of office
- timing of elections
- eligibility to vote
- residency requirements
- campaign financing
- ballot procedures
“There are many issues up for discussion and there are a lot of complexities involved. We want to hear from Albertans and from municipalities on these issues, so any changes can be made this fall in time for the 2013 local elections,” Griffiths emphasized.
The Local Authorities Election Act provides a framework for processes and procedures for municipal and school board elections. A survey is available at www.municipalaffairs.alberta.ca until July 31. Individuals may provide input through the online survey, and municipalities and municipal organizations have the option of using either the online survey or completing a written submission.
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