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What you need to know to vote in the federal election here in Alberta

Federal election rules are different than provincial elections. Find out more on how best to prepare to vote below.

Did you know?

  • You can vote ANY day of the election up until September 20, 2021
  • You can register to vote when you arrive at the polling station


To be eligible to vote, you must be:

  • a Canadian citizen AND at least 18 years of age on election day

You must be a registered voter to cast a ballot. To check if you are already on the electoral list, visit Election Canada’s online voter registration service at or contact them by phone at 1‑800‑463‑6868.

Remember you can register to vote when you arrive at a polling station!


To vote you need to prove your identity and address. There are three ways to do this:

1 - Show one piece of ID which proves your identity and current address.

  • Example: A driver’s license with your current address.

2 - Show two pieces of ID where both pieces must have your name and at least one must have your current address.

  • Example: Your health care card and your voter information card.
  • Example: Your student card and a utility bill.

Note: Find a complete list of authorized ID and options is available here.

3 – If you don’t have ID

  • Vouching:
    • You can still vote if you have a person who knows you and who lives in your poll (votes at your same polling station) vouch for your identity and address at the polling station.
  • Letter of Confirmation:
    • letter from a public curator, public guardian or public trustee
    • letter of confirmation of residence from a First Nations band or reserve or an Inuit local authority
    • letter of confirmation from one of the following designated establishments: a student residence, seniors’ residence, long-term care institution, shelter, soup kitchen, or a community-based residential facility


1 – On Election Day

Election Day is Monday, September 20, 2021.

Polls are open that day from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 pm in Alberta.

2 – At the Advance Polls

Advance Polls are open 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily on:

  • Friday, September 10, 2021
  • Saturday, September 11, 2021
  • Sunday, September 12, 2021
  • Monday, September 13, 2021

The address of your polling place will be on the voter information card that you will receive in the mail or you can also find your Advance Polling Station at 

3 – Use Special Ballot at any Elections Canada Office

Needing another option?  You can use a Special Ballot to vote right now! Special Ballots are already available in person at any Elections Canada Office from now Tuesday, September 14, 6:00 p.m. You can find the office closest to you online here.

Elections Canada offices are open seven days a week:

            Monday to Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
            Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
            Sunday: 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m.

4 - Apply to vote by mail as soon as possible

You can apply online or by contacting any Elections Canada office across Canada before 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 14, 2021.


Go online to Election’s Canada’s Voter Information Service or you can always call the Elections Canada’s toll free number at 1-800-463-6868.

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