Election Act changes require voters to show photo ID
Voters must show photo ID in order to cast a ballot in the Oct. 21 civic election.
For the first time, residents will have to show a combination of identification with his or her name, current address and photo ID in order to vote.
The changes come about as a result of the amendments to the Local Authorities Election Act in December.
On Monday, Red Deer city council gave first reading to the election bylaw amendment that includes the new provincial requirements and other housekeeping items.
Some of the acceptable elector photo identifications include any document or card bearing the individual’s photograph issued by a Canadian municipal, provincial or federal government or an agency of the government.
This may include an employee ID card, citizenship card and a Canadian passport.
Legislative Services Manager Frieda McDougall said the new legislation indicates there are opportunities for places like homeless shelters to establish their own form of identification.
“It does still need to have that picture,” said McDougall.
“But we will accept it if it is issued by such an agency.”
Councillors raised concerns about voter frustration and turning voters away at the polls because they did not have the proper identification.
Coun. Paul Harris raised concerns about the ability of seniors and homeless residents to vote.
Council will consider second and third reading on March 18.