Alberta Election 1944
Below is a list of all 60 ridings up for election in the Alberta 1944 Provincial Election, and the names of the people who won those seats. Click on the symbol of the Legislature above a riding name to look at the individual candidates who were running in that riding, which will include links to their website and social media, if they're available.
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Veterans' and Active Force
In 1944, two constituencies (Edmonton and Calgary) each elected multiple MLAs to represent each city as a whole. These seats were determined through a system called "Single Transferable Vote" where voters could rank as many candidates as they wanted, and to win a seat, a candidate had to reach the quota for the constituency as determined by dividing the total number of valid votes by the number of available seats. In 1944, since both cities had five seats, a candidate needed a minimum of 20%. If, after the votes are tallied, nobody has reached quota, then the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated and their votes are redistributed to their second choices. If someone has reached quota, then any "extra" votes they've received that put them beyond what they need to reach the quota are also redistributed to their second choices. This process continues until either the necessary number of candidates has reached the quota, or the field of candidates has been narrowed down to the point where no more candidates can be eliminated while still filling every seat.
As well, due to the ongoing Second World War, Alberta law created a unique three-member at-large election for Albertans serving in the Canadian Armed Forces who had been unable to vote in the initial election. This practice, pushed for by the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, meant that each branch of the CAF (Army, Navy, and Airforce) would elect one member to represent it in the Legislature. These races were not held under usual Alberta law at the time, and so were a standard First-Past-The-Post election where the candidate with the most votes won their seat. Members could only vote for the representative of their respective branches, and there was fairly low turnout in many of these as a result of the election happening at a time when most forces were in transit or in combat, with some polling stations being interrupted by hostile fire.
As a result, these constituencies have multiple winners in this election, and so are listed separately.
Veterans' and Active Force
Canadian Armed Forces
Canadian Armed Forces (Airforce)
Canadian Armed Forces (Army)
Canadian Armed Forces (Navy)
In 1944, all constituencies outside Edmonton and Calgary used an "Instant-Runoff Voting" system to elect a single MLA. This meant that voters would rank their choices rather than voting for a single option, and that candidates needed the support of a majority of the valid votes, rather than simply the most votes, to win. If nobody had a majority after the votes were counted, the candidate in last place was eliminated, and their votes transferred to the voters' second choices. This process continued until a candidate received a majority, which is why some candidates from this era could eventually win a seat despite not initially having the most votes.