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Edmonton Election Update

Edmonton Election Update: Sep. 06, 2017

By Mack Male

Welcome to our fifth roundup of election-related news and links. We'll be publishing this kind of collection regularly right through to Election Day, which is Oct. 16, 2017. We hope you find it useful, and welcome any feedback or tips you might have.

Campaign signs start to appear across Edmonton

Now that campaign signs have started to pop up around the city ("the flowers of democracy are in bloom"), you might be wondering what the rules are. Edmonton Elections has made a list of guidelines available and is reminding candidates that they must complete the Candidate Campaign Signage Form before placing any signs. Here's what you need to know:

  • The Traffic Bylaw (5590) regulates the placement of signs on roadways, light standards, and other areas. Placing a sign illegally on City of Edmonton property could result in a fine of $250. Any signs that do not comply with the guidelines may be removed without notice.
  • Signs cannot be placed on City property until Labour Day and must be taken down within three days of Election Day.
  • Signs may only be placed on private property with the consent of the property owner.
  • Signs are prohibited at public and Catholic schools except when part of the building is rented in order to hold a political meeting.
  • Other places where signs are prohibited: in parks; centre medians; traffic circles or traffic islands; on "traffic control devices" like stop signs; on City-owned trees, fences, or other street furniture; in any transit centre or LRT station; within 30 metres of a signalized intersection and 15 metres of all other intersections; within three metres of a curb; on highway structures like guardrails, bridges, retaining walls, or concrete barriers.
  • There's also a list of highways where campaign signs are prohibited, including Anthony Henday Drive, Whitemud Drive, Yellowhead Trail, and eight others.

When the election is over, the City encourages taking any signs to the Waste Management Centre, Ambleside Eco Station, or any recycling depot across the city. If you have questions or wish to report campaign signs that do not comply, you should call 311.

Elise Stolte spoke with Edmonton Elections about the rules and also asked about phone surveys and robocalls. "Edmonton Elections has no rules about so-called robocalls, but the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission requires the research firm to identify itself at the beginning and end of the call," she found.

Campaign signs outside a mayoral forum in 2013.

Dry mayoral race could result in low voter turnout

Local experts are predicting that the popularity of Mayor Don Iveson could make for "a dry mayoral race" and result in lower voter turnout, Elise Stolte reports in the Edmonton Journal. Smaller numbers could make for interesting ward races though, especially wards 4, 5, and 9, which have no incumbent.

Voter turnout was 34.5 per cent in 2013, the best result since 2004 when 41.79 per cent cast a ballot in the race for mayor that came down to Stephen Mandel, Bill Smith, and Robert Noce.

The latest Mainstreet Research poll puts Mayor Iveson's approval rating at 61 per cent. The poll found 30 per cent viewed him unfavourably while nine per cent were unsure.

Other updates

  • Ward profiles are starting to roll out now. Here is Metro Edmonton's profile of Ward 1.
  • The Edmonton Journal has posted profiles of Ward 1Ward 2Ward 3Ward 4Ward 5Ward 6Ward 7Ward 8, and Ward 9Ward 10Ward 11, and Ward 12.
  • City Council voted last week to accept the pay cuts proposed by the Independent Council Compensation Committee. "The new proposed mayoral salary is $200,747, down from $218,200, while councillors were (to) receive $113,416, down from $116,729."
  • Coun. Andrew Knack — still uncontested in Ward 1 — released his 2017 platform over the weekend.
  • The fall issue of The Yards includes a feature on door-knocking and "why many residents won't meet candidates on their doorsteps." The issue launches with a party on Sept. 21 at CKUA.
  • Coun. Mike Nickel says back-alley maintenance and traffic flow are key issues according to an informal survey he conducted in Ward 11.
  • David Staples has also found that transportation woes are a key issue, along with taxes. "There’s clearly tension between funding for LRT, buses and roads," he wrote.
  • Paths for People has started distributing its "Five Reasons You Want Bike Lanes" guide to candidates, and Metro Edmonton reports the effort "has turned one suburban candidate from an opponent to a fan."
  • A new site called YEGnation has posted a series of interviews with candidates, including Ward 4 candidate Hassan Haymour, mayoral candidate Bob Ligertwood, and Ward 10 candidate Vieri Berretti.
  • With just over 40 days until Election Day, "the campaign season is kicking into high gear," reports Global Edmonton's Vinesh Pratap.
  • The Broadcast, a podcast focused on women and politics, interviewed Jan Reimer back in July. "During her time on Edmonton City Council Reimer pitched a number of battles against tradition and the stereotype of what a mayor should be."
  • Here is the latest list of candidates who have announced their intentions to run for office, courtesy of Dave Cournoyer. More than 100 individuals have put their names forward, including more than 75 for City Council.
  • Are you running? Here are the nomination papers and instructions you'll need for Nomination Day on Sept. 18.
  • Want to catch up on previous editions of our Edmonton Election Roundup? Read: Julu 13July 27Aug. 9, and Aug. 23.

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