Hefty Price Tag For 2015 Provincial Election

By The Canadian Press
April 11, 2016 - 4:28pm

EDMONTON - Alberta's chief electoral officer says the final cost of the 2015 provincial election was almost $19 million.

Glen Resler says that's about a third more than the 2012 campaign.

Resler says in a report that costs went up in part due to Alberta's 10 per cent population increase and because then-premier Jim Prentice decided to drop the writ a year early.

Resler says that meant he had to find election staff out of province and was forced to pay premium prices to rent spaces for voting, because schools and community halls were already booked.

Alberta has legislation mandating elections in the spring every four years, but Prentice bypassed the law in 2015, saying his new economic plan demanded a mandate.

Resler says Alberta's election laws need to be overhauled to allow the electoral office to adapt better to the information age.

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