Proxy votes

A proxy vote is when you appoint another person to vote on your behalf. 

A person can only be a proxy for:

  • close relatives (husband, wife, civil partner, parent, grandparent, brother, sister child or grandchild)


  • up to two other people

The person appointed as proxy must be eligible to vote.

How to apply

To apply by proxy on a particular date, please print the application to vote by proxy at a particular election or referendum.

If you want to apply for a permanent proxy vote, there are different forms depending on your reason for applying. Please see this webpage and print the form that meets your circumstances: apply to vote by proxy.

You will need to provide your date of birth and signature on the application form. This is needed to prevent fraud. If you are unable to sign this form, please contact the Electoral Services team.

You can email your completed form to, attaching a photo or scanned copy of the completed form. 

Alternatively, you can:

  • send it by fax on 01344 353246
  • post it
  • hand deliver it to Electoral Services

The legal deadline for applications to be received by that office is 5pm, 6 working days before election day.

Emergency proxy application during an election

If you have a medical or employment emergency that occurs during the 6 working days before an election, you can apply to vote by emergency proxy up to 5pm on election day by submitting a medical emergency proxy form or employment emergency proxy form.

For a medical emergency, your application will need to be supported by one of the following:

  • a medical practitioner
  • a registered nurse
  • a health professional
  • a social worker
  • a mental health manager
  • a Christian Science practitioner
  • if you live in a residential care home, the person registered as running that home
  • if you live in premises provided for people of pensionable age or disabled persons, the warden of those premises

For an emergency proxy for employment, occupation or service reasons, your application will need to be supported by one of the following:

  • for self-employed people – a person 18 years or over who knows you and is not your spouse, civil partner, parent, grandparent, brother, sister, child or grandchild
  • for employed people – your employer or another authorised person at your workplace
  • for service voters registered under a service declaration – no attestation required

What happens next?

The Electoral Services team will always confirm receipt of your application in writing, usually within five working days. If you have not received confirmation within this time please contact us.

The election office will tell your proxy when and where they should go to vote on your behalf – this will be your allocated polling station (unless your proxy was previously granted a postal vote)

You should tell your proxy how you want them to vote on your behalf.

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