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Voting by proxy (asking someone to vote on your behalf)

You can only register yourself to vote. You can’t register a family member, even if they live in the same property.

If you’re unable to vote in person you can ask someone to vote on your behalf. This is called a proxy vote.

Who can act as a proxy

You can ask anyone to act as your proxy, as long as they’re:

  • registered to vote 
  • allowed to vote in the same type of election.

You can be a proxy for 2 people at the same election, or more if the extra people are close relatives.

Apply for a proxy vote

Usually, you need to apply for a proxy vote at least 6 working days before election day.

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.

Once a new application is made, your proxy will receive a letter confirming their appointment. Nearer to polling day they will receive notification of when and where they can vote on your behalf.

Completed application forms can be sent to us by email or post.