Appoint somebody 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. The person you choose 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 us 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 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, isolation due to Covid-19 or a work reason.
You need to complete and return an emergency proxy application the elections office before 5pm on polling day. The relevant form can be downloaded from https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter/apply-vote-proxy. Completed copies can be scanned or photographed and emailed to Electoral Services -using the details in the ‘Contact Us’ section below.