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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, registered and entitled to vote in the type of election being held, 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, the quickest and simplest way is to visit and apply online.

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.

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, Voter ID (VAC) 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

Completed copies can be scanned or photographed and emailed to Electoral Services using the contact details in the section below.

Contact us - Electoral services

01235 422528
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South Oxfordshire District Council
Abbey House
Abbey Close
OX14 3JE