You need to be registered to vote before you apply for an absent
vote. This applies to all voters, including overseas and service
You can only apply for a long-term proxy vote if you have a
specific reason such as a disability or being overseas.
To vote by proxy for just one election, you must have a reason,
for example you will be on holiday or away due to work.
If you are suddenly incapacitated, 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.
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
To download an application form to vote by proxy, go to our page on how to vote by proxy and select
the form that is appropriate to your situation.