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Apply to vote by proxy

On this page, you can find out how to apply to cast your vote by proxy.

Proxy voting means that if you aren’t able to cast your vote in person, you can have someone you trust cast your vote for you.

Only electors who are (or are applying to be) registered individually are entitled to apply to vote by proxy.

In addition, the person you wish to appoint as your proxy can only act as proxy if they are 18 and are (or are applying to be) registered individually.

A person cannot be a proxy for more than two people at any one election or referendum, unless they are a close relative.

Apply to vote by proxy

You will need to download and complete a form to apply to vote by proxy. There are different forms depending on the reason that you need a proxy vote.

Download the form to vote by proxy at a particular election (PDF)


Disability

If you can’t make it to the polling station due to a disability, you can appoint someone else to vote for you.

Download the form for a proxy vote due to disability (PDF)

Educational

If you’ll be away on a course on polling day, you can appoint someone else to vote for you.

Download the form for a proxy vote as you’re away on education (PDF)

Employment

If you’ll be away for work on polling day, you can appoint someone else to vote for you.

Download the form for a proxy vote as you’ll be away for work (PDF)

Overseas

If you’re living overseas, you can appoint someone else to vote at a UK election for you.

Download the form for a proxy vote as you’re living overseas (PDF)

Crown Servant

If you’re away working for the British Council or as a Crown servant, you can appoint someone else to vote at a UK election for you.

Download the form for a proxy vote as you’re working as a Crown Servant (PDF)

Armed Forces

If you’re serving overseas, you can appoint someone else to vote at a UK election for you.

Download the form for proxy vote as you’re serving in the Armed Forces (PDF)

After completing the right form, you’ll need to print it, sign it, and send it back to your local electoral registration office. The deadline is usually 5pm, 6 working days before the poll.

In certain circumstances, where you have an emergency that means you cannot go to the polling station in person you can apply for an emergency proxy up to 5pm on the day of the poll.

Emergency Proxy for a Disability

If you have a medical emergency occurring after 5pm, 6 working days before the poll, you can apply to vote by emergency proxy (until 5pm on the day of the election).

Download the form for an emergency proxy for a disability (PDF)

Emergency Proxy for Occupation, Service or Employment

If you are unable to go to your polling station due to your occupation, service or employment, and you only become aware of that fact after 5pm, 6 working days before the poll (until 5pm on the day of the poll).

Download the form for an emergency proxy for occupation, service or employment (PDF)

Find out more about casting your vote by proxy 

Northern Ireland

To apply to vote by proxy in Northern Ireland, you will need to visit the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland website to download the correct form.

If you want to register to vote in Northern Ireland, visit the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland website.