Voting opens November 2 and closes at 4:30 pm (MST) on November 16. You can vote using eBallot, our online voting provider at any time during the voting period.
You will receive your voting credentials (username and password) from eBallot via your preferred email address on file with the Law Society.
To vote in the 2020 Bencher Election, follow these steps:
Visit the voting site directly, or use the link found in the email from eBallot.
Please note: If you do not have a copy of your email with your login credentials, click this link, enter your Member ID and click Submit. If you did not receive a copy of your original credentials, check your Junk/Spam folder on your email account or contact Law Society Customer Service via email or at 1.800.661.9003.
Voting opens November 2 and closes at 4:30 pm (MST) on November 16.
Active members of the Law Society of Alberta, as of September 30, 2020, are eligible to vote. Voters who become inactive after that date, due to a change in status, suspension, resignation or disbarment, will be removed from the eligible voter list.
Voting information will be emailed to the preferred email address on file with the Law Society. It will be emailed on November 2, the day voting opens.
There are 20 elected seats available at the Bencher Table. As required under s.12(4) of the Legal Profession Act, President-Elect Darlene Scott appears on the ballot solely to reflect that she is considered to have been elected. Additionally, two District Representatives have been acclaimed.
This leaves 17 available seats for the election. You can vote for anywhere from one to 17 candidates on your ballot.
Per the Rules of the Law Society of Alberta, for the purpose of an election of Benchers, there are three districts that each receive a representative seat at the Bencher table:
Candidates from Edmonton and Calgary fall into the general pool and are not part of any district.
Members can vote for any candidate, regardless of their geographic region or district. If a member in Calgary votes for a member in Edmonton, that vote counts.
Candidates are elected from all votes cast throughout the province, not just votes from voters in their region or district.
After voting closes at 4:30 p.m. on November 16, candidates are elected based on the total number of votes received, subject to the calculation explained below.
For voting purposes, all candidates, regardless of location, are in one large general pool. All voters, throughout the province, will vote for their entire selection of up to 17 candidates from amongst all of the candidates, regardless of location. They do not have to vote for 17 people, but can vote for anywhere from one to 17 candidates.
Once all of the votes are collected, the Law Society identifies our district candidates and determine who among them has the highest number of votes. We have two candidates who are eligible to serve as District Representatives for the Northern District in 2020. The district candidate with the highest number of votes in that district becomes the District Representative.
We will be left with 16 more seats to fill, out of the original 20, after the President-Elect and three District Representatives have their Bencher seats and are removed from the general pool.
All remaining candidates, including the remaining district candidates, continue to be in the general pool. Now that the district representatives are chosen, we go through the results for the remaining candidates and determine the candidates with the 16 highest total votes to fill the 16 remaining seats. The Bencher table is determined by going down the list of all remaining candidates starting from the highest number of votes until all seats are filled.
This means that all of the candidates in a district could be elected if the candidates who are not elected as the district representative fall into the top 16.
The voting results will be made public on the Law Society website shortly after all candidates have been informed of the results.