Voting by proxy

If you are unable to vote in person you can get someone to vote for you, and tell them who to vote for. This is called a proxy vote.

Proxy voting application forms

Before you apply

You can ask anyone to act as your proxy, as long as they are registered to vote and it’s for a type of election they’re allowed to vote in.

You can be a proxy for 2 people at the same election, or more if the extra people are close relatives.

How to apply for a proxy vote

Usually, you need to apply at least 6 working days before election day.

There are different forms, depending on why you can’t get to the polling station. Make sure you complete the right one.

If you appoint a proxy to vote for you he/she must be willing to vote on your behalf and eligible themselves to vote.

Your proxy will receive a proxy letter about a week before election day, enabling him/her to vote at the designated polling station. If you need to vote by post or proxy for an indefinite period due to disability, moving house or your work regularly taking you away from home then contact us to make special arrangements.