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Voting by post or proxy

You can still cast your vote even if you won't be able to get to the polling station on election day.

As long as you are registered to vote, you can ask to vote by post, or ask someone to vote as a proxy on your behalf.

Contact our customer services team to find out if you are already registered for a postal or proxy vote.

Postal voting

You can apply to vote by post for a specific election, for a set period of time, or for all future elections. Please complete and return the postal vote application form below.

Postal votes can be sent out to addresses in the UK and overseas.

If you have registered for a postal vote you can't vote in person at a polling station.

Find out what to do if your postal voting papers are lost or damaged.

Proxy voting

A proxy vote is when you arrange for someone to vote on your behalf. Any elector can request a proxy vote for a particular election as long as they give a reason. Please complete and return the proxy vote application form below.

If you have appointed a proxy to vote on your behalf you can still vote in person at your polling station, provided you vote before your proxy does.

Emergency proxy vote

If you have had a medical emergency that took place 6 days before an election or less, you can apply to vote by emergency proxy (someone else voting on your behalf). You can apply up until 5pm on election day. But, you must be registered to vote first.

Contact our customer services team, or download an emergency proxy vote form.

Postal vote application form PDF (PDF 67 KB)
Proxy vote application form PDF (PDF 78 KB)
Emergency proxy vote application form PDF (PDF 69 KB)


Need a paper form?

If you're not able to print out a postal or proxy vote application form, contact us and we will send one to you. 

Last updated on 13 August 2020