If you are unable to get to your polling station on polling 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, they must be:
- willing to vote on your behalf
- eligible to vote at that particular election
You will need to enter your proxy's name and address, together with details of their relationship to you (if any) on the application form. A proxy may not vote at the same election for more than two people unless they are a close relative (i.e. husband, wife, parent, grandparent, child, brother, sister or grandchild) of the people they are voting for.
Please be aware that your proxy can only vote on your behalf at the polling station that has been appointed to you.
A proxy vote form can be downloaded here
The Electoral Registration Officer must receive your completed application form by 5:00 p.m. on the sixth working day before polling 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.
If your proxy vote application is accepted, your proxy will receive a "Proxy Paper" which contains the information required to vote on your behalf.
Electoral Registration Officer
The Old Courthouse
Election Services Helpline: 01443 490100
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