Voting by proxy
Proxy voting means that if you aren’t able to cast your vote in person, you can have someone you trust
cast your vote for you.
You can use this form to apply to vote by proxy for one particular election or referendum only.
In England and Wales you must be 18 or over on polling day to vote.
In Scotland you must be 16 or over on polling day to vote in local elections and elections to the Scottish
Parliament. You must be 18 or over to vote in elections to the UK Parliament and European Parliament.
How do I apply to vote by proxy?
You must ask someone who is willing and capable to be your proxy and vote on your behalf.
Fill in the proxy vote application form. You must give a reason why you want to vote by proxy, for
example you may be abroad on holiday on polling day.
Make sure you complete all sections of the form and supply your date of birth and signature. You
need to give your date of birth and signature on this application form. This information is needed to
prevent fraud. If you are unable to sign this form, please contact your electoral registration office.
Return your form to your electoral registration office. You can find their details and more information
Please do not return your form to the Electoral Commission. Your application form must arrive at
your electoral registration office by 5pm, 11 working days before the poll when changing or cancelling
an existing proxy, postal or postal proxy vote and by 5pm, 6 working days before the poll when
applying for a new proxy vote.
If you are not already registered to vote, your application to register must have reached your electoral
registration office by midnight, 12 working days before the poll.
This form and these deadlines do not apply in Northern Ireland. Visit eoni.org.uk for more information.
What happens after I’ve returned this form?
Your proxy must go to your polling station to vote. If your proxy cannot get to the polling station,
they can apply to vote for you by post. They can apply to do this by 5pm, 11 working days before
the poll. They can contact the electoral registration office for more details and to request a further
application form. For contact details, go to yourvotematters.co.uk
Your proxy will be sent a proxy poll card, telling them where and when to vote on your behalf.
You should let your proxy know how you want them to vote on your behalf, for example, which
candidate, party, or outcome.
If it turns out that you are able to go to the polling station on polling day, you can vote in person as
long as your proxy has not already done so or has not applied to vote for you by post.
Application to vote by proxy at a
particular election or referendum