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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, eg 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 support my application?

If you are applying for one particular election only, are registered blind, receive the higher rate of the mobility component of a disability living allowance or are an Armed Service elector, Crown Servant/British Council employee (or spouse/civil partner of one) then you do not need anyone to sign your application.

If you have a disability

One of the following needs to sign your application form:

  • A registered medical practitioner, including a dentist, optician, pharmacist, osteopath, chiropractor and psychologist (your GP must not charge you for this)
  • A registered nurse
  • A Christian Science practitioner
  • A registered health professional
  • A registered social worker
  • A registered mental health manager or their representativexxx

If you are living in a residential care home

The person registered as running that home

If you live in a premises provided for people of pensionable age or disabled persons

The warden of those premises

If you or your husband, wife or civil partner will be attending an educational course

The following people can sign your application:he following people can sign your application:

  • The director or tutor of your course
  • The principal or head of the educational establishment where your course is taking place
  • An employee of the educational establishment where your course is taking place who is authorised to support your application

If your employment or your husband, wife or civil partner’s employment

The following can sign your form

  • If you have an employer, your employer or another authorised person at your workplace
  • If you are self-employed, a person who is aged 18 years or over, who knows you and is not related to you

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.

Emergency proxy application

If you have a medical emergency that took place between election day and six days before, you can apply to vote by emergency proxy (100KB)​​ if the emergency means you cannot go to the polling station in person, but you must get a qualified person to support your application.

If you are not able to attend the polling station in person for reasons relating to your occupation, service or employment, and you only become aware of this after 5pm on the sixth working day before an election, you can apply to vote by emergency proxy (someone else voting on your behalf). You can apply up until 5pm on election day.

Your application must be supported by your employer or another authorised person at your workplace. If you are self-employed your application can be supported by a person aged 18 years or over who knows you and is not your spouse, civil partner, parent, grandparent, brother, sister, child or grandchild.

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