Role of Scrutineers


Candidates can appoint scrutineers to observe the election process.  The scrutineer must present the Scrutineer Appointment Form and the Statement of Scrutineer or Official Agent to the Returning Officer or the Presiding Deputy Returning Officer (PDRO) before attending or at the voting station. 

Scrutineer Appointment Form (PDF)

Statement of Scrutineer or Official Agent (PDF)

Eligibility of a Scrutineer

Candidates can appoint persons 18 years of age or over to act as their scrutineers.  Scrutineers observe at the voting station on Election Day and Advance Vote days. A person convicted of an offence under the Local Authorities Election Act, the Elections Act, or the Canada Elections Act within the past 10 years cannot be a scrutineer.

Candidates or their official agents can be scrutineers at a voting station.

Number of Scrutineers Permitted

A candidate can have one scrutineer in a voting station at one time. The candidate, their official agent and a scrutineer cannot be in a voting station at the same time (only one person at a time).  The scrutineer does not have to remain at the voting station during the whole voting hours. A scrutineer may change throughout the day,  A scrutineer may come a go from a voting station.

Candidates & Scrutineers at the Voting Station

The candidate and their official agent or scrutineer are not permitted to be in the voting station at the same time during voting hours or ballot counting. If a candidate or their agent wishes to speak with the scrutineer, it must be outside the voting station.

Role of Scrutineer at the Voting Station

Scrutineers are permitted to observe all parts of the election. Scrutineers may are not permitted to view or interfere with the process of an elector marking a ballot.

The PDRO at the voting station will designate the place where a scrutineer may observe. The PDRO is mandated by law to maintain the peace and can ask a scrutineer to leave.

A scrutineer may make an objection to a ballot cast by a voter. The scrutineer must make their objection known to the PDRO. A scrutineer may not interfere with a voter casting their ballot. They are still permitted to cast their ballot even when an objection has been made.

The PDRO maintains a record of the objection and the reason for the objection on the elector register.

The objections are considered in decisions on having a recount by the Returning Officer or a judicial recount.

If there is a judicial recount requested, the objection will be evaluated by a judge of the Court of Queen's bench.

Scrutineers and Electors Requiring Assistance

Candidates, their official agents or scrutineers are not allowed to assist voters in marking their ballot. 

What a Scrutineer Cannot Do

Scrutineers are not allowed to participate in the election process at the voting station.  However, the scrutineer can cast their own vote if qualified.

They are not permitted to handle the forms, ballots, registers, equipment or other items used by election officials. This applies during voting hours and during the count. OBSERVATION ONLY.

At the Count

Candidates their official agent or scrutineers must be present at the voting station before 8 p.m.  NO ONE is permitted to enter the voting station after 8 p.m.

Scrutineers can observe the process of tabulating during voting hours. They are not permitted to participate in the physical tabulation or touch the ballots or tabulators.

One tabulation is complete, the PDRO will print and post the tabulator results for scrutineers to view.

Candidates, their official agent or scrutineers may sign the Ballot Account Form. This form is the official result of the count of the ballots at the voting station.

Candidates may request a copy of the Ballot Account from the Returning Officer after Election Day.

Special Ballot, Institutional, At-Home and Advance Vote Tabulation

Ballot Boxes and tabulators from special (mail-in), institutional, at-home, and advance voting stations are brought to the Town of Banff Counting Centre at the close of voting.  

Scrutineers cannot leave and return during tabulation.

Candidates can only have one scrutineer at this location to observe the tabulation.


Contact the Returning Officer, Libbey McDougall, via email or by phone at 403-762-1209.

Election Office
Banff Town Hall
110 Bear Street
Box 1260, Alberta Canada,
 T1L 1A1

Note: The information on this website is provided for the convenience of reference only. Candidates are subject to further requirements in the Local Authorities Election Act. Candidates are advised to refer to the LAEA and obtain legal advice regarding the full extent of their obligations.