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Voting by proxy
What is voting by proxy?
A proxy is someone who can vote on your behalf if you are unable
to get to your polling station on election day. They should be
someone you trust to vote the way you want to. Apart from close
members of your family, a person cannot be proxy for more than two
people at any one time.
Can I apply?
You may apply to vote by proxy for a permanent or fixed period
if you are registered to vote already and meet one or more of the
- You are blind or otherwise physically incapacitated
- You or your spouse would be prevented from voting in person due
to work or if you are studying at college or university
- You are abroad on holiday.
How do apply to vote by proxy?
Complete the Proxy Vote
Application Form (54.5Kb PDF) and upload it to
apply to vote by proxy.
The deadline to apply to vote by proxy is 5pm, 6 working days
before an election.
Carefully read the notes that accompany the proxy application
form to find out if you need to get someone to support your
application and who can do it.
If you are already registered to vote by post and want to change
to vote by proxy, you will need to
cancel your postal vote first.
Cancelling your proxy vote
If you wish to cancel your proxy vote in time for an election,
you will need to do so no later than 11 working days before polling
Cancel your proxy vote
All cancellations are acknowledged and confirmed to both you and
Even if you appoint a proxy, you can still vote in person if you
get to the polling station before them.
Postal proxy voting
If your proxy cannot attend your polling station in person for
any reason on the day of election, they can apply to vote by post.
This application must be received no later than 5pm 11 working
days before an election