Proxy vote

A proxy vote means that you nominate someone else to vote on your behalf at the polling station. 


Who can apply for a proxy vote?

If you suffer from a long term illness or disability or you have work commitments, you can apply for a permanent proxy vote for all elections.

To apply for a proxy vote for just one election you must have a specific reason, e.g. you will be on holiday or away because of work.

If you are suddenly taken ill you can apply for a proxy vote for medical reasons up until 17:00 on election day. For more information call us on 01766 771000. 

How do I apply for a proxy vote?

Download a copy of the proxy vote application form, print it, complete it and return it to the address noted on the form. 

Normally, you must submit your application at least 6 working days before the election. You can change an existing proxy vote up to 11 working days before the election. If you are suddenly taken ill you can apply for a proxy vote for medical reasons up until 5pm on election day.

Who can vote on my behalf?

Anyone who is eligble to vote in the election. They must be:

  • 18 or over
  • an UK, Republic of Ireland or Commonwealth citizen, or
  • a citizen of an European Union country living in the UK, or
  • a citizen of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or a British Overseas Territory living in the UK 

The person voting on your behalf cannot be a proxy voter for more than 2 people who are not immediate family members. 

Someone has asked me to be their proxy. What do I need to do?

You will be sent a special proxy poll card with details of where you should go to vote. At the polling station, tell the staff that you are voting as a proxy. 

I've arranged a proxy vote. Do I need to anything else?

You will need to tell your proxy how you want them to vote on your behalf. 

What if circumstances change and I go to the polling station myself on election day?

You can go to your polling station and vote in person as long as your proxy has not already done so.