Vote for your candidates of choice in the 2023 Bencher Election.

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Voting Opens Nov. 14

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Online Voting with eBallot

Voting opens at approximately 10 a.m. on Nov. 14 and closes at 4:30 p.m. (Mountain Standard Time – GMT-07:00) on Nov. 21. You can vote using eBallot, an independent, anonymous online voting platform.

You will receive your voting credentials (username and password) from eBallot on Nov. 14 via your preferred email address.

To vote in the 2023 Bencher Election, follow these steps:

  1. Visit the voting site directly, or use the link found in the email from eBallot. Please note this link will not open the 2023 ballot until Nov. 14, 2023. 
  2. Log in using your Law Society of Alberta Member ID and your eBallot-provided password.
  3. Electronically mark the ballot next to the names of candidates of your choice.
  4. Follow the instructions on the page to submit your votes.

If you did not receive a copy of your original credentials, check your Junk/Spam folder on your email account. If you need to update your contact information, follow the instructions on the Law Society website.

Once a day, eBallot will send out credentials to any lawyer who has updated their contact information since the start of voting.

To access the 2023 ballot, you must enter your new password provided in an email from eBallot for the 2023 election. Logins using the old password will be directed to the 2020 or 2017 ballots only.

For issues logging into your ballot, contact eBallot via email or call their Voter Support hotline at 1 (866) 984-3125.

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.

Voting Eligibility

Active members of the Law Society of Alberta, as of 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 24, 2023, 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.

Contact Information

Voting information will be emailed to the email address on file with the Law Society.

Number of Votes

As set out under s.12(4) of the Legal Profession Act, President-Elect Deanna Steblyk, KC appears on the ballot solely to reflect that she is considered to have been elected.

Additionally, Stephanie Dobson (North District), Bud Melnyk, KC (Central District) and Ryan D. Anderson, KC (South District) have been acclaimed as their respective District Representatives. Their names will not appear on the ballot but are considered to have been elected.

This leaves 16 available seats for the election. You can vote for anywhere from one to 16 candidates on your ballot. Candidates are elected from all votes cast throughout the province, not just votes from voters in their region or district.

Tabulation and Announcement

After voting closes at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 21, candidates are elected based on the total number of votes received, subject to the calculation explained below.

As the District Representative positions are acclaimed, all remaining candidates are in the general pool. The 16 candidates with the highest number of votes will be elected.

The voting results will be made public on the Law Society website shortly after all candidates have been informed of the results.

Bencher Election