Voting by proxy

 

  • Who can apply for a proxy vote?

    In England and Wales, and from 19 September 2014 in Scotland, only electors who are (or will be) registered individually are entitled to apply to vote by proxy.  Contact your electoral registration officer or visit www.gov.uk/yourvotematters for more information.

  • A relative or a friend has been suddenly incapacitated. Can I vote on their behalf?

    You can apply to vote by emergency proxy for medical reasons up until 5pm on polling day. This only applies for medical reasons occurring after 5pm, 6 working days before polling day.

    To download an application form to vote by emergency proxy, go to our page on how to vote by proxy.

  • How do I get a proxy vote?

    You can apply for a new proxy up until 5pm, 6 working days prior to an election and you can amend an existing proxy vote until 5pm, 11 working days prior to polling day. If you are suddenly incapacitated, you can apply to vote by proxy for medical reasons up until polling day. All applications must be received before 5pm on the specified day. In addition, you can also apply for an emergency proxy up until 5pm on polling day if your occupation, service or employment means that you cannot go to the polling station in person, and you only become aware of that fact after 5pm, 6 working days before polling day.

    For the Scottish referendum you can apply for a new proxy vote up until 5pm on 3 September. If your circumstances change unexpectedly after the deadline for proxy votes and you are no longer able to get to the polling station (if for example you are taken ill or have to travel because of work duties)  then you can apply for an emergency proxy up until 5pm on polling day.

    To download an application form to vote by proxy, go to our page on how to vote by proxy.

  • I've just found out I'll be away on polling day due to work commitments. Can someone vote for me?

    You can apply to vote by emergency proxy up until 5pm on polling day if your occupation, service or employment means that you cannot go to the polling station in person, and you only became aware of that fact after 5pm, 6 working days before polling day.
  • I've been made the proxy for someone. What do I need to do?

    It's very simple to vote as someone's proxy. You will be sent a special proxy poll card with details of where you should go to vote.
    If you can't attend the polling place you can vote by post. You must apply for this postal vote before 5pm on the 11th working day before polling day. Contact your local electoral registration office to find out how to do this.

    If you are going to the polling place, just tell the staff there that you are voting as a proxy and they will tell you what to do. Don't forget to take your proxy poll card – this will make it easier for polling place staff to find the right ballot paper.

  • What happens after I've applied?

    • Your proxy must go to your local polling place to vote. If your proxy cannot get to the polling place, they can apply to vote for you by post. They can apply to do this up to 5pm, 11 working days before election day. Your electoral registration office can give you more details about this.
    • Your proxy will be sent a proxy poll card, telling them where and when to vote.
    • You must let your proxy know how you want them to vote on your behalf, for example, which candidate or which party.
    • If you are able to go to the polling station on election day, you can still vote in person as long as your proxy has not already done so or has not applied to vote by post for you.
  • Who can be my proxy?

    The person you wish to appoint as your proxy can only act as proxy if they are 18 or over and, in England and Wales, and from 19 September 2014 in Scotland, they are (or will be) registered individually.  The only exception to this is for the Scottish Independence Referendum, where the proxy does not have to be registered to vote, but must be 16 or over on the day of the poll, and must be a British, Irish, other European Union or qualifying Commonwealth citizen.

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