Voters in the southwest riding of Calgary-Lougheed are now able to cast their ballots for the byelection’s advance vote period.

Seven candidates are vying for the seat, including newly minted UCP leader Jason Kenney and the leader of the Liberal Party, David Khan.

The seat was previously held by UCP MLA Dave Rodney, who stepped down on November 1 to create a spot for Kenney who was elected leader on October 28.

Elections Alberta says the voting process will be a test run for some new voting technologies to help cut down on the time required for tabulation and reduce the number of errors on ballots.

The four-day advance voting runs from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and a winner will be chosen on December 14.