Proxy voting

Part of: Vote by post or by proxy

A proxy vote is where you appoint somebody to vote on your behalf if you cannot get to the polling station yourself. The person you appoint (your proxy) will need to vote at your polling station, even if they vote at a different polling station themselves. If the person you appoint cannot get to your polling station, they can apply for a postal vote once they are appointed as your proxy.

You may need to vote by proxy because:

  • you are unable to go to the polling station for a particular election, for example if you are away on holiday
  • you have a physical condition that means you cannot go to the polling station on election day
  • your job means you cannot go to the polling station on election day
  • your attendance on an education course means you cannot go to the polling station on election day
  • you are a British citizen living overseas (parliamentary elections only)
  • you are a Crown Servant or a member of the Armed Forces

Some reasons for appointing a proxy may need your application to be supported so it is important that you ensure that it is completed correctly.

Apply for proxy vote

You can apply to vote by proxy on the GOV.UK website.

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Your chosen proxy must also be eligible to vote in the election in which they are voting on your behalf. They can only be a proxy for up to 2 people (or up to 4 if 2 of them are registered as overseas voters).

The proxy will need to bring their own photo ID when voting in person – see the Voter ID page for more information.

The deadline for applications to vote by proxy is by 5pm, 6 working days before polling day. Please see the upcoming elections page for the deadline for the next election.

Alternatively, you can apply to vote by proxy using a paper form. Download a proxy vote application from the Electoral Commission website – please ensure that you complete the correct proxy form.

Complete the necessary information and email the form as an attachment to or post it to us. You can also request a paper form to be posted to your address.

Vote by proxy due to a medical or work emergency

In certain circumstances on election day, where you have an emergency that means you can't go to the polling station in person, you can apply for an emergency proxy up to 5pm on the day of the election.

You can find further details and download an emergency proxy vote form from the Electoral Commission’s website. You should then call the elections team on 020 8489 1000.

Postal proxy voting

If your appointed proxy is unable to go to your polling station on the day of the election, they can apply to vote on your behalf by post. They must apply for this separately, even if they have already arranged a postal vote for themselves.

Once your proxy has been confirmed, they will be sent their confirmation letter and a postal proxy vote application form. This can be completed and emailed as an attachment to or posted to us. Alternatively, your proxy can contact us to arrange this.

Your proxy must apply for a postal vote no later than 5pm, 11 working days before an election.

Find out more

You can find more information about all forms of voting on the GOV.UK website.

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