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Voting by post or proxy

Voting by post or proxy

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Postal voting

You can apply to vote by post for a particular election, for a set period of time or for all future elections. However, you must be registered to vote first.

Postal votes can be sent out to addresses in the UK and abroad. If you fill in a postal vote application form, you will be unable to vote in person at a polling station.

Proxy voting

A proxy vote is when you have arranged for someone to vote on your behalf, in your absence. Any elector can request a proxy vote for a particular election as long as they give a reason.

If you have a proxy vote this means you can still vote in person at your polling station provided you vote before your proxy.

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 elections team for advice, or download an emergency proxy vote form here.

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:


Call: 01246 345345

Visit: Customer service centre 


Last updated on 24 February 2020