Voting by post or proxy

Voting by post means we will send you a posting voting pack so you can complete your ballot paper at home and return it in the post when elections take place. Voting by proxy means someone you trust voting on your behalf.

Apply for a new proxy vote

If you are not already registered to vote, you must register before applying for a proxy vote. The deadline to register to vote at an election is midnight, 12 working days before polling day. Register to vote online.  

To apply to vote by proxy you need to download, complete and submit an application form.

If you'd like to vote by proxy at a particular election, you must submit your application by 5pm on the 6th working day before polling day.

If you have an existing postal or proxy vote, the deadline for cancelling or making any changes to your voting method is 5pm on the 11th working day before polling day.

Appointing your proxy

The person you appoint as proxy must be:

A person can only be a proxy for close relatives and up to 2 other people at an election or referendum. Close relatives are their:

  • spouse
  • civil partner
  • Parent
  • Grandparent
  • Brother
  • Sister
  • Child
  • grandchild

Before you submit your application form, make sure you've included your:

  • full name
  • address
  • date of birth
  • proxy’s name and address
  • reason for requesting a proxy (for example, I'm on holiday)
  • signature

If you cannot give a consistent signature, the Electoral Registration Officer may be able to grant a waiver for this requirement. Please contact us if you need to apply for a waiver.

This information is required by law for the security of your proxy vote. Your application will not be valid without it.

If your appointed proxy wants to vote by post on your behalf, instead of in person at your allocated polling station, they should apply for a postal proxy vote.

Download and submit your proxy vote application form

Once you've downloaded and completed your proxy vote application form, you need to return to this page and submit it using the button at the bottom of the page.

Download a proxy vote application form

Submit a proxy vote application form

Submit a proxy vote application form

Get a paper proxy voting application form sent to you

If you cannot download, complete and submit the application form online, you can ask for a paper proxy voting application form to be sent to you.

Request a paper proxy voting application form