Get someone to vote on your behalf – proxy voting

If you’re unable to vote in person on polling day, you can appoint someone to vote on your behalf - this is called a proxy vote.  The person you appoint must be over 18 and should be someone you trust, such as a close friend or relative.

Depending on your situation, you might be able to appoint somebody to vote on your behalf at every election.

To apply for a proxy vote, print out and fill in an application form. Then return it to the addresses in the Contact Details section of this page.

You can apply for a proxy vote at any time until 5pm on the sixth working day before an election, unless you already have already arranged a postal vote.

If you wish to vote by proxy in the following elections then we must receive your application by these deadlines:

  • Local Elections (2 May 2019) - application deadline is 5pm on Wednesday 24 April
  • European Parliamentary elections (23 May 2019) - application deadline is 5pm on Wednesday 15 May.

Cancel a proxy vote

If you wish to cancel an existing proxy vote please email your cancellation request, including your name and address, to

Emergency proxy

If an emergency means you can’t get to the polling station on election day, you may be able to apply for an emergency proxy. It must be for either a medical emergency or a work reason.

You need to complete and return an emergency proxy application to the elections office before 5pm on polling day. The forms to do this will be available here closer to election days. You can find more information about emergency proxy voting, as well as find the appropriate form here  This link will take you to an external website... on the Electoral Commission's website. 

Last reviewed: 15 - 04 - 2019

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