Today is election day in Alberta. Polls are open between 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. If you are unsure where your polling station is, visit Elections Alberta’s handy “Where to Vote” webpage.
Alberta’s Election Act ensures that all eligible voters are allowed sufficient time to vote on Election Day. Section 132 of the Election Act allows for three consecutive hours for the purpose of voting.
The provisions contained in Section 132 of the Election Act state:
(1) An employee who is an elector qualified to vote shall, while the polls are open on poll-ing day at an election or plebiscite, be allowed 3 consecutive hours for the purpose of casting the employee’s vote.
(2) If the employee’s hours of employment do not allow for the 3 consecutive hours’ absence, the employee’s employer shall allow the employee additional time for voting to provide the 3 consecutive hours, but the additional time for voting shall be granted at the convenience of the employer.
(3) No employer may make any deduction from the pay of an employee or impose on or exact from the employee any penalty by reason of the employee’s absence from employment during the 3 consecutive hours referred to in subsection (1) or additional time granted under subsection (2).
I will have more election analysis as the results come in tonight. You can also watch me on Alberta Primetime this evening at 7:00 p.m. and after 11:00 p.m..