Vote by proxy
How it works
Voting by proxy means that you can appoint someone else to vote on your behalf. This person is called your proxy.
Your proxy can either vote by post or vote at your polling station.
To apply for a proxy vote, both you and your proxy, must be registered to vote and meet any of the following criteria:
- you are unable to go to the polling station for one particular election eg 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 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 who is registered to vote (Parliamentary and European Parliamentary elections and referendums only)
Your proxy must be able to vote in the type of election concerned and they must not vote as a proxy for more than two people, unless they are their spouse, civil partner, parent, grandparent, brother, sister, child or grandchild.
If you appoint a proxy, you can vote if you wish, but only if your proxy has not already voted on your behalf and has not got a postal vote for you.
Apply for a proxy vote
To apply for a proxy vote for future elections, please print off our proxy vote application form, complete it and return it to us in the post. We can accept a scanned copy by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, but it must be clear enough for us to use
If you are unable to complete the form due to a disability or medical reason please email us at email@example.com to request an application to waive the requirement for you to provide a signature.
You can apply for a proxy vote for:
- one election
- a specific period
You may have to get someone to support your application if you are applying for a permanent proxy vote.
Proxy postal votes
If you have been set up as a proxy for an elector and you are not able to go to their polling station on polling day, you can apply to vote for them by post. If you do this, you and the person you are voting for will not be able to vote at the polling station.
The deadline for applying for a postal proxy vote is the same as postal vote applications, which is 5pm on the eleventh working day before an election.
To apply for a postal proxy vote, please download and print the vote by postal proxy application form, complete it and return it to us in the post. We can accept a scanned copy by email, but it must be clear enough for us to use.
Cancelling or amending your proxy vote
If you no longer wish to have a proxy vote, you need to let us know in writing, providing your full name, full address and you must sign the letter.
If you wish to amend your proxy vote, you will need to submit a new proxy application.
The deadline to cancel or change an existing proxy vote is 5pm on the eleventh working day before an election or referendum.
The deadline to apply for a new proxy vote is 5pm on sixth working day before an election or referendum.
Additional application forms
Application forms for people living overseas, in the armed forces, that have a disability, on educational courses, are a Crown Servant or British Council Employee or to vote by proxy in particular elections or referendums can be found on the Gov.UK website