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Proxy votes

If you are unable to get to your polling station, you appoint someone else to vote on your behalf.

How do I apply?

You must be registered to vote first and can only apply if:

  • You are unable to go to the polling station for one particular election, e.g. if you are on holiday
  • You have a physical condition that means you cannot attend the polling station
  • Your employment or attendance on an educational course mean you cannot attend the polling station
  • You are a Crown Servant, British Council Employee or member of the Armed Forces, or spouse or civil partner of one

Download the relevant application


You can apply to vote by proxy at any time but the deadline to appoint a proxy for an election is 5pm, six working days before the date of the election.

Who can I appoint as my proxy?

An appointed proxy can only be the proxy for close relatives and up to two other people at the same election. The proxy must be aged 18 or over and be qualified to vote at that election (for example, you cannot appoint a European Union citizen – other than those from the UK, Ireland, Malta or Cyprus - to be your proxy at an Aldermanic election because they cannot vote in this type of election themselves.)

Your proxy can apply to vote by post if they wish, but they must be appointed by the elector as their proxy first. They should then contact the Electoral Services team for the appropriate postal proxy application form. This form must be completed and returned 11 working days before the date of the election.