Voting FAQ

When do I vote?

Voting runs from May 27th, 2017 through June 3rd, 2017.

How do I vote?

Voting will take place online. All eligible voters will be informed closer to the voting dates on the specifics for voting online.

What do I need to do to be eligible to vote?

Voter eligibility is simple. You need to be a member of the Alberta Liberal Party in good standing by May 15th, 2017. To take out a membership click here.

What is the voting method?

The Alberta Liberal Party Leadership voting method is a preferential ballot, modified one member one vote point system.

What does that mean?

Well, every member of the Alberta Liberal Party in good standing is entitled to vote in our Leadership Race. Each member is allocated a single vote.

That vote is tied to their local constituency association, or as it is colloquially known, their riding. Each riding is worth 300 points. Each vote in a riding is worth a single point until such time as more than 300 votes have been cast in that riding.

If more than 300 votes are cast in that riding, then each vote’s weight is proportional to the total votes cast. For example if 600 votes are cast in a riding then each of those votes is worth a half-point. If 900 votes are cast each vote is worth 1/3rd of a point.

Please note that while a vote may be worth less than a single point in ridings exceeding 300 votes, a vote is not worth more than a single vote in a riding where there are less than 300 votes. For example, if there are 100 votes in a riding, each vote is worth 1 point and that riding is only worth 100 of its possible 300 point value.

As a party that seeks to serve all Albertans across the province we use this weighted system to ensure a certain degree of parity between all parts of the province.

The voting is also done by preferential ballot. This means rather than voting for a single candidate, you are able to rank the candidates in order of your preference. In the event that candidate does not receive 50% or more of the points, then votes for the candidate with the least number of points are redistributed to the second choice candidate for each of those voters. This process is repeated until a single candidate receives the majority of points.