One Day Left
Posted on April 15, 2019
Today is the final day of the 2019 Alberta election Campaign. Tomorrow, Albertans will head to the polls to vote for their next government and their next premier.
Advance polling finished on Saturday and if the voting numbers are anything to go by, turnout on election day will be huge. In total, over 696,000 Albertans turned out to vote in the advance polls this year, almost three times as many as in the previous election. While this number is interesting, the fact that 223,000 of these voters were of the ‘vote anywhere’ variety is more significant. These votes will be sorted by Elections Alberta and officially counted the day after the election. This means that those votes will not be available for the tally on election night and could potentially mean that an official election result is delayed by a number of days. Such a significant turnout indicates that the electorate is extremely motivated – either for or against change.
Each party’s focus says something about their current confidence going into the election on Tuesday. Calm, positive messaging from the UCP suggests that they are confident in their chances when Albertans go to the polls. Contrarily, the NDP’s attempts to convince voters of their momentum in Calgary suggests that they know support is softer in that city. If there truly was an orange wave building in Calgary ahead of election day, the party would not have to tell Calgarians where to find it.
All of the parties will also be turning the screw on their ground game and mobilizing volunteers ahead of election day. Every party’s priority come Tuesday is getting out the vote. A potential voter that stays at home helps no one so you can be sure that all candidates and volunteers will be canvasing their riding door by door to try and get voters out. Voter turnout will have a dramatic effect on this election. If UCP voters become complacent due to their current lead, it opens the door for other parties. If NDP voters become discouraged at the thought of losing, their hopes of re-election will be low.
Unlike advance polls, Albertans will need to vote in their home riding on election day. Albertans who are already registered to vote will have received a voter information card in the mail. This card will show where exactly to vote and should be presented at the polling location. If you have not already registered to vote, do not worry! Albertans can register to vote at their local polling station. First, input your address into the Elections Albertamap to find your assigned local polling station, then head there on election day with preferably a piece of Alberta government issued photo I.D. or two pieces of I.D. that confirm your address. A list of approved I.D. can be found here.
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Record-breaking 700,000 votes cast in Alberta election advance polls, by Andrea Ross with CBC News
- When five days of advance polls closed on Saturday, 696,000 Albertans had cast their ballots. This is a new record for the province, who in 2015 only saw about 235,000 vote early.
Vivian Krause: Rachel Notley, the Rockefellers and Alberta’s landlocked oil, by Vivian Krause with the Financial Post, through the Calgary Herald
- Vivian Krause discusses how, with only days before the election, Alberta’s backbone industry of oil is broken due to many pipelines projects that have been stalled or ended. She claims that this was no accident, and that the stoppage can be traced to a Rockefeller Brothers Fund campaign.
As campaign winds down, Notley latches on to tightening race with UCP, by Bill Kaufmann with the Calgary Herald
- With the provincial election battle winding down, NDP Leader Rachel Notley pointed to the bright side of the polls, which show her party trailing the UCP by double digits, by suggesting that the margin is shrinking.
Alberta’s party leaders make final weekend push before Election Day, by Brennan Doherty with the Star Calgary
- The Star’s Brennan Doherty discusses how, with just hours to go before election day, the major party’s leaders are making final appeals to potential supporters around Sikh and Christian religious observances.
Varcoe: Election scrap over carbon tax, emissions cap splits Alberta’s oilpatch, by Chris Varcoe with the Calgary Herald
- Chris Varcoe reminds readers of Rachel Notley’s 2015 climate change strategy, and how four oilpatch giants stood behind her, as well as behind Alberta’s plans for taxing carbon and capping oilsands emissions.
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