With the provincial election now being called, it brings into question what happens to those who may be wintering out of the country but still want to mark their X for their candidate in their riding. 

The Province of Alberta can provide a "Special Ballot" to those unable to make election day. Drew Westwater is the Deputy Chief Electoral Officer for the Province of Alberta and explains how easy it is to do.

"The process for anyone who is not here for the advanced polls or election day itself, still have the opportunity to vote if they are qualified electors in the Province of Alberta, they can apply for a special ballot through our website."

Once a person applies, the process is quite simple.

"We will mail out a special ballot to them, wherever they're located, and they can fill out the ballot. Sign the envelope that's at the front of it. Return it to us (Elections Alberta). As long as it's returned to us (Elections Alberta) before eight o'clock on election day, we will count their ballot and it will be counted like anyone else," remarked Westwater.

These ballots are not like the ones you will see on election day.

"It's not like a normal ballot you get at a poll because we send them out now. Obviously, the candidates have not (all) been nominated yet, nominations don't close for a few days yet. So they can either write in the name of the candidate or the name of the party they wish to support and we will then count that ballot," explained Westwater.

Once you have cast your special ballot, the return envelope would be directed to the returning officer of the constituency you belong to. Again, this is an option for you if you are not able to attend the advance polls between April 9 - 13 or Election Day on April 16.

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