Voting by proxy
A proxy vote is when you choose someone to vote for you when you are not able to vote at the polling station yourself.
Unless they have separately applied to vote by postal proxy, they will need to go to your polling station to vote for you.
Apply for proxy vote
You can arrange a proxy for an indefinite period and you can apply at any time - you do not have to wait for an election to be announced.
If you are returning your application close to a deadline, you should send a clear, scanned version by email to ensure it reaches us on time.
You are required to provide your:
- date of birth
- reason for requesting a proxy vote
This information is required by law and for the security of your postal vote, and your application will not be accepted without this.
Problems providing a signature
You may not be required to provide a signature if:
- you are unable to sign in a consistent or distinctive way because of a disability
- you are unable to read or write
Apply for postal proxy
If your proxy wants your ballot paper to be posted to them, they will need to apply for a postal proxy (11 working days before an election). They will also have to provide their date of birth and signature.
To do this, they must complete and return the application for a proxy to vote by post form.
If they do not provide these they will have to attend your polling station on election day to vote on your behalf.
Apply for emergency proxy vote
You can apply for an emergency proxy vote if you become aware of a reason why you cannot vote in person after the deadline to vote by proxy.
- Medical emergency proxy application (yourvotematters website)
- Occupation, service or employment emergency proxy application (yourvotematters website)
Absent Vote Signature Refresh
If you have been asked to provide updated personal identifiers for your postal or proxy vote, further information is available from Postal/Proxy Vote Signature Refresh.