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Voting by proxy

In England, Scotland or Wales, you will need to download and complete a form to apply to vote by proxy. There are different forms depending on the reason that you need a proxy vote.

After completing the right form, you'll need to print it, sign it, and send it back to your local electoral registration office.

Anyone who is registered can apply for a proxy vote.

When you apply for a proxy vote you must provide a reason. You can apply for a proxy vote if:

  • you are unable to go to the polling station for one 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 employment means that you cannot go to the polling station on election day
  • your attendance on an educational course means that you cannot go to the polling station on election day
  • you are a British citizen living overseas
  • you are a crown servant or a member of Her Majesty's Armed Forces

The person you wish to appoint as your proxy can only act as proxy if they are 18 or over and they are (or will be) registered for that election or referendum.

A person cannot be a proxy for more than two people at any one election or referendum, unless they are a close relative.

If you have been appointed as someone’s proxy, this means you can cast their vote on their behalf.

You can only be a proxy for close relatives (defined as your spouse, civil partner, parent, grandparent, brother, sister, child or grandchild) and up to two other people.

You can only act as proxy if you are 18 or over (16 or over in Scotland at Scottish Parliamentary and local council elections) and you are (or will be) registered for that election or referendum.

The person who appointed you will tell you how they want you to vote on their behalf, for example, which candidate, party, or outcome.

How to vote as someone’s proxy

You must go to the polling station of the person who appointed you as their proxy.  If you can’t go to their polling station, you can apply to vote for them by post up to 5pm, 11 working days before the poll

You will receive a proxy poll card telling you where and when to cast their vote for them.

If you don’t receive a proxy poll card, you should check with the local council of the person who has appointed you as their proxy. They will  be able to tell you where to go to vote.

The person who appointed you as their proxy may still vote in person, provided they do so before you have voted for them, or you have not applied to vote for them by post

This page was last updated: 9 August 2017

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