You may still be able to vote even if you are unable to get to your polling station on Election Day. You can apply to vote by post or proxy. A proxy is someone who votes on your behalf.
If you want to appoint a proxy to vote for you, he or she must be:-
- willing to vote on your behalf
- a British citizen or citizen of the Commonwealth or Republic of Ireland, or for Local Government and European Parliamentary elections a citizen of the European Union
- old enough to vote and legally allowed to vote
You will need to enter your proxy's name and address, together with details of their relationship to you (if any) on the form. A proxy may not vote at the same election for more than two people unless they are a close relative (husband, wife, parent, grandparent, brother, sister or grandchild) of the people they are voting for.
Your proxy does not necessary have to sign the form. As long as you have consulted them and they have confirmed that they can and will be your proxy, only you need to sign the form. Otherwise the proxy will need to sign as well. If the person you want to be your proxy does not live in the same area as you, and would have to travel to attend your usual polling station - please ask for details of a Postal Proxy Vote.
As soon as an election has been announced, If you know that you will not be able to vote in person, ask for an application form.
The Electoral Registration Officer must receive your completed application form by 5:00.p.m. six working days before Election Day.
Working days exclude weekends, bank holidays, Good Friday, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. This leaves very little time after an election is announced, so you must complete and return your form as quickly as possible.
What do I do next?
Make sure you have signed and dated the form. In the case of an application to vote by proxy at all future elections, you should also ensure that the form is countersigned in the appropriate place.
You should post the form (or take it by hand) to the Elections Officer at the address below. We will normally write to tell you whether your application has been accepted.
If you have applied to vote by post, and your application has been accepted, you will receive a postal ballot paper about a week before Election Day. You must post (or take) this back so that it reaches the Returning Officer before 9:00 p.m. on Election Day.
Alternatively the postal vote can be handed in at a Polling Station in your Division.
If you have applied to vote by proxy and your application is accepted, your proxy will receive a "Proxy Paper" which allows him or her to vote on your behalf on Election Day.
Electoral Registration Officer
Unit 2 Maritime Business Park,
Maritime Industrial Estate,
Election Services Helpline: 01443 490100
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