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Proxy Voting

If you are unable to vote in person, you can ask someone to vote on your behalf.  This is called a proxy vote.

Who can act as a proxy

You can ask anyone to act as your proxy – as long as they’re registered to vote themselves and they’re allowed to vote in the same type of election. You can be a proxy for 2 people at the same election, or more if the extra people are close relatives.

What if I find I can vote in person after all?

Even if you appoint someone to act as your proxy, you can still vote in person as long as you do so before your proxy.

How to apply for a proxy vote

Usually, you need to apply for a proxy vote at least 6 working days before Election Day.
Download and complete a form to apply to vote by proxy from

There are different forms depending on the reason you need a proxy vote, but most will require a qualified person to provide their details and sign to support your application. If this has not been done correctly, your application may be rejected.

Application forms can be returned by post or email, however they may need to be hand delivered closer to the deadline.

Please note: If you have a proxy vote in place, you will be unable to cancel this arrangement once the deadline has passed – usually 5pm, 6 working days before election day.

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