Alberta’s Provincial Election
The 30th general election of Alberta, Canada, will elect members to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. It will take place on or before May 31, 2019.
The Election Act fixes the election to a three-month period, between March 1 and May 31 in the fourth calendar year after the preceding election day, which in this case was May 5, 2015. However, this does not affect the powers of the Lieutenant Governor to dissolve the Legislature before this period.
This will be the first general election held after the Alberta New Democratic Party defeated the Progressive Conservative government in 2015 - an election which marked only the fourth change of government in the province's history. It will also be the first election contested by the United Conservative Party, formed in 2017 by a merger of the Progressive Conservatives and the Wildrose Party.
By law, a provincial general election must be held every 5 years, but may be held sooner. In a general election, Albertans from across the province vote on who they want to represent them in the Legislative Assembly.
Sometimes a seat in the Legislative Assembly is vacated before the next provincial election. When this happens, a by-election is called. A by-election is an election held in one constituency only. The winner of the by-election becomes the new MLA for that constituency until the next general election.
Elections Alberta is an independent, non-partisan office of the Legislative Assembly responsible for administering provincial elections, by-elections and referenda. They administer the Election Act and the provincial electoral process in Alberta.
There are roughly 2,615,000 people in Alberta who are registered to vote in a provincial election. To be eligible to vote, you must be
- a Canadian citizen
- at least 18 years of age
- ordinarily resident in Alberta
Registration online takes less than five minutes to complete. You will need to provide your Driver’s Licence number or Alberta Identification Card number.
Visit the Elections Alberta website for information on FAQs, Who is my MLA, Boundary Maps, Parties and Candidates, Reports and Guidelines, and an Election Readiness Toolkit – with a video on How Voting Works in Alberta.