Elections Alberta Releases Post Election Day List of Electors

April 02, 2024

EDMONTON – Following a Provincial General Election, Elections Alberta releases an updated List of Electors to registered political parties and Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs). The number of names on the Post Election Day List of Electors is also used to determine the number of signatures required for petitions relating to citizen initiatives, recall of MLAs, or forming a new political party. These thresholds will be in place until a new list is generated after the next Provincial General Election.

The total number of names on the Post Election Day List of Electors is 2,939,762.

Citizen Initiative Petitions

Electors can use the citizen initiative process to have a legislative or policy proposal introduced in the Legislative Assembly or have a constitutional referendum conducted.

  • Petitions for a legislative or policy proposal require signatures from 10 per cent of provincial electors, or 293,976 signatures.
  • Petitions for a constitutional referendum require signatures from 20 per cent of provincial electors (587,952 signatures), with the 20 per cent threshold reached in at least 2/3 of electoral divisions.

Threshold numbers for successful petitions are available at https://www.elections.ab.ca/recall-initiative/initiative/number-of-signatures-required-for-initiative.

Recall Petitions

A recall petition for a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) requires signatures from 40 per cent of the electors in the electoral division on the Post Election Day List of Electors. The number of signatures required in each electoral division for a successful recall petition is available at https://www.elections.ab.ca/recall-initiative/recall/number-of-signatures-required-for-recall.

The threshold numbers are only applicable for recall petitions relating to MLAs and do not impact recall petitions for municipal officials.

Petitions to Form a New Political Party

One of the methods to register a new political party is submitting a petition containing signatures from at least 0.3 per cent of the total number of electors that were eligible to vote in the last general election. Based on the Post Election Day List of Electors, the number of signatures required for a petition is 8,819. For more details on registering a new political party visit: https://www.elections.ab.ca/political-participants/parties/how-to-register-a-party.

Additional Details

List of Elector counts by electoral division and historical List of Elector counts are available at https://www.elections.ab.ca/resources/statistics-research/elector-counts.

The Chief Electoral Officer’s Report on the 2023 Provincial General Election will be released in May 2024. The report will include additional information on processes used to update the List of Electors and current demographics of the Register of Electors.

Elections Alberta is an independent, non-partisan office of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta responsible for administering provincial elections, by-elections, and referenda.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Robyn Bell
Media Relations
Phone: 780.427.7191
Email: robyn.bell@elections.ab.ca

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