Voting by proxy

How you can get someone else to vote on your behalf.

You can also get someone to vote on your behalf at your polling station. This is known as voting by proxy. Your proxy needs to be on the electoral register to qualify to be appointed as a proxy. To find out more, visit the applying to vote by proxy page on the GOV.UK website.

If you want to appoint a proxy for all future elections, you need to give us a valid reason, such as:

  • You are will be away on holiday
  • You have a physical condition that prevents you from getting to the polling station
  • You won't be able to get to the polling station because of your job or because you are on a college course
  • You are a British citizen living abroad
  • You are in the armed forces or a crown servant

You can apply for a proxy vote if you are over 18 and on the electoral register.

We must receive your application at least six working days before the election unless you have unforeseen health problems after this deadline. In this case, you can apply for an emergency medical proxy. You can return your application by post  or email (as long as you have provided a wet signature on the wet original and the image you attach is clear and readable) using the contact details on this page.

Emergency proxies

In an emergency, you can appoint someone to vote on your behalf at a particular election up to 5pm on polling day.

You can do this in the following circumstances:

  • If you have a medical condition, illness or disability that happens after the deadline for ordinary proxy applications
  • If you are a mental health patient detained under civil powers
  • If your occupation, service or employment means you cannot go to the polling station in person and you became aware of this after the deadline for ordinary proxy applications

If you apply for an emergency proxy, you will need to be able to verify your reason.

Please complete the relevant emergency proxy form and return it to us either by email (as long as you have provided a wet signature on the original and the image you attach is clear and readable) or hand delivered to the election team at the council offices before 5pm on polling day.  We will then directly contact the relevant polling station.

Who can be your proxy

A person can only be a proxy for close relatives and up to two other people at an election or referendum.

The proxy should be able to attend your polling station to vote on your behalf.

Close relatives are the spouse, civil partner, parent, grandparent, brother, sister, child or grandchild of the applicant.

The person you want to appoint as your proxy must be aged 18 or over and registered individually for that election or referendum.

Postal proxy

If your proxy is unable to attend your polling station on election day, he or she can also apply to vote by post for you. 

The proxy can do this at any time, but must return the application to us before the deadline for postal votes. This is earlier than the proxy vote deadline.

We will send the ballot paper to the address the proxy has asked us to use. The proxy then fills in your ballot paper and send the vote back to us.

We send ballot papers out between five and ten working days before an election, depending on when we received your application.

If you have a postal proxy vote, you can't change your mind and vote at the polling station on the day.

How to cancel your proxy vote

If you already have a proxy vote and decide you want to cancel it, you can do so using our online form:

Cancel your postal or proxy vote This link opens in a new browser window

 
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