Alberta’s Chief Electoral Officer, Glen Resler, released his report on the May 5, 2015 Provincial General Election, as required by section 4(5) of the Election Act.
The report contains information on all aspects of the electoral process associated with the delivery and conduct of the 2015 Provincial General Election.
Some highlights of the report include:
- legislative and procedural changes implemented in 2015
- new initiatives introduced by Elections Alberta
- official results
- election cost summary
- voting demographics by age and gender
- outreach and elector engagement
- comparative statistics to previous elections in Alberta
- recommendations for legislative change that are to be addressed by the Select Special Ethics and Accountability Committee
Elections Alberta is an independent non-partisan office of the Legislative Assembly responsible for administering provincial elections, by-elections, referenda and Senate Nominee elections.
Cost Per Voter Breakdown and Comparison
|Total Cost of Election||$ 13,631,864||$ 18,987,748||28.21%|
|Names on the List of Electors on Polling Day||$ 2,447,369||$ 2,821,518||13.26%|
|Average cost per name on the List of Electors||$ 5.57||$ 6.73||17.23%|
Primary Factors for the Increase in Cost
$1.7 million increase in staff costs;
• 10% population growth: polls established for every 450 electors
• First time 7,000 poll clerks received training
• Additional day of advance poll
• New staff positions: trainer and information officers
$1.1 million increase in advertising costs: TV (new) and increased social media presence; $800,000 increase in postage costs, includes 35% increase in rates; and $350,000 increase in printing costs.