Voting by post or by proxy

Voting by post or proxy if you cannot get to a polling station on election day.

Proxy voting

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

Proxy vote applications are made on the GOV.UK website.

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Your chosen proxy must also be eligible to vote in the election they are voting on your behalf in. They can be a proxy for 2 people at the same election, or more if the extra people are close relatives.

The proxy will require 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.

Download a proxy vote application from the Electoral Commission website – please ensure that you complete the correct proxy form. Complete the necessary information and either email the form to us as an attachment to or post it to us.

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 going to be away from home on the day of the election, they can apply for your proxy ballot paper to be posted to them. Your proxy should contact us to arrange this – and they must apply 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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