The Senate nominee election and referendum vote will take place on October 18, 2021.

Residents of First Nations, Summer Villages, Improvement Districts, and Special Areas as listed in Ministerial Order No. MSD:066/21 and MSD:085/21 must vote by special ballot if they wish to participate.

Learn more about the Senate nominee election and referendum vote.


You are eligible to vote by special ballot if you:

  • are a Canadian citizen
  • are at least 18 years of age or older
  • reside within one of the following communities
    • If your community is not in the following list, contact your local municipal office, First Nations Band Office, or online at Elections Alberta to find out how to vote in the Senate nominee election and referendum vote.
  • Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation
    • Alexis Whitecourt 232
  • Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation
    • Chipewyan 201
    • Chipewyan 201A
    • Chipewyan 201B
    • Chipewyan 201C
    • Chipewyan 201D
    • Chipewyan 201E
    • Chipewyan 201F
    • Chipewyan 201G
  • Chipewyan Prairie First Nation
    • Cowper Lake 194A
    • Janvier 194
    • Winefred Lake 194B
  • Cold Lake First Nations
    • Cold Lake 149
    • Cold Lake 149A
    • Cold Lake 149B
    • Cold Lake 149C
  • Fort McKay First Nation
    • Fort McKay 174
    • Fort McKay 174C
    • Fort McKay 174D
    • Namur Lake 174B
    • Namur River 174A
  • Fort McMurray First Nation
    • Clearwater 175
    • Gregoire Lake 176
    • Gregoire Lake 176A
    • Gregoire Lake 176B
  • Frog Lake First Nation
    • Puskiakiwenin 122
    • Unipouheos 121
  • Kehewin Cree Nation
    • Kehewin 123
  • Loon River First Nation
    • Loon Lake 235
    • Loon Prairie 237
    • Swampy Lake 236
  • Lubicon Lake Band
    • Lubicon Lake Band
  • Mikisew Cree First Nation
    • Allison Bay 219
    • Charles Lake 225
    • Collin Lake 233
    • Cornwall Lake 244
    • Devil's Gate 220
    • Dog Head 218
    • Old Fort 217
    • Peace Point 222
    • Sandy Point 221
  • Piikani Nation
    • Piikani 147
    • Peigan Timber Limit B
  • Saddle Lake Cree Nation
    • Saddle Lake 125
  • Smith's Landing First Nation
    • ʔejëre K’elnı Kuę́ 196I
    • Hokédhe Kué 196E
    • K’ı Kué 196D
    • Łı̨ Dezé 196C
    • Tthebacha Náre 196A
    • Tthebatthıe 196
    • Ts’u K’adhe Kué 196F
    • Ts’u Nedhé 196H
    • Ts’u Kué 196G
    • Tthejëre Ghaı̨lı̨ 196B
  • Stoney Tribe: Bearspaw, Chiniki and Wesley
    • Stoney 142, 143, 144
    • Stoney 142B
    • Eden Valley 216
  • Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation
    • Sturgeon Lake 154
    • Sturgeon Lake 154A
    • Sturgeon Lake 154B
  • Whitefish Lake First Nation (Atikameg)
    • Utikoomak Lake 155
    • Utikoomak Lake 155A
    • Utikoomak Lake 155B
  • Whitefish Lake First Nation (Goodfish)
    • Utikoomak Lake 155
    • Utikoomak Lake 155A
    • Utikoomak Lake 155B
  • Woodland Cree First Nation
    • Woodland Cree 226
    • Woodland Cree 227
    • Woodland Cree 228
  • Summer Villages, Improvement Districts, and Special Areas
    • Kananaskis Improvement District
    • Improvement District No. 24
    • Special Areas
    • Summer Village of Birch Cove
    • Summer Village of Ghost Lake

How to vote

Step 1. Request a special ballot

Request a special ballot by calling the Returning Officer, Kevin Miller, at 780-422-1209 (toll-free in Alberta by first dialing 310-0000), or by emailing [email protected] before 4:00 p.m. October 8, 2021.

When requesting a special ballot, you will need to provide your:

  • full name
  • residential address
  • mailing address to receive your special ballot (if different than residential address)
  • phone number
  • email address

Contact the Returning Officer for a replacement special ballot if you do not receive one or if it is misplaced.

Step 2. Fill in the special ballot

Learn more about how to complete your special ballot – watch Special Ballots – A Guide for Electors (video).

Senate nominee ballots

  • If your Senate nominee ballot has the names of the Senate nominee candidates for election, mark your ballot with an “X” next to the candidate(s) of your choice.
  • If your ballot is a write-in ballot, write the full name of the Senate nominee candidate(s) of your choice in the space(s) provided.
  • You may vote for any number of Senate nominee candidates up to the maximum number found on your ballot.

Learn more about the Senate nominee candidates.

Referendum ballots

  • If your referendum ballot has the question(s) listed on the ballot, mark your ballot with an “X” next to your vote of “Yes” or “No” for each question.
  • If your ballot is a write-in ballot, write “Yes” or “No” for each question in the space provided.
  • You are not required to vote on every question.

Learn more about the provincial referendum.

Step 3. Prepare the completed ballot

  1. Place completed ballots inside the envelope marked “Special Ballot Envelope” and seal the envelope.
  2. Place the “Special Ballot Envelope” inside the “Special Ballot Certificate Envelope.”
  3. Fill in the information in Part 1 of the “Special Ballot Certificate Envelope” form and sign the form.
  4. Seal the “Special Ballot Certificate Envelope.”
  5. Place the “Special Ballot Certificate Envelope” and a copy of your identification inside the envelope with the address of the Returning Officer.
  6. Seal the envelope.

Step 4. Mail the completed ballot package

Completed ballots must arrive at the office of the Returning Officer before 12:00 noon on Monday, October 18, 2021.



Connect with the Senate nominee and Referendum voter information line:

Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-422-1209
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: [email protected].

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