On this page, you can find out how to apply to cast your vote by proxy.
Proxy voting means that if you aren't able to cast your vote in person, you can have someone you trust cast your vote for you.
Am I eligible to vote by proxy?
Only electors who are registered individually are entitled to apply to vote by proxy.
In addition, the person you wish to appoint as your proxy can only act as proxy if they are 18 (16 in Scotland) and are registered individually.
A person cannot be a proxy for more than two people at any one election or referendum, unless they are a close relative.
Apply to vote by proxy
In England, Scotland or Wales, you will need to download and complete a form to apply to vote by proxy. There are different forms depending on the reason that you need a proxy vote.
If you haven’t already arranged to vote by proxy in elections, you will need to apply by 5pm on Wednesday 15 June to vote by proxy in the EU referendum
After completing the right form, you'll need to print it, sign it, and send it back to your local electoral registration office. The deadline is usually 5pm, six working days before the poll.
If you can't make it to the polling station due to a disability, you can appoint someone else to vote for you.
If you'll be away on a course on polling day, you can appoint someone else to vote for you.
If you'll be away for work on polling day, you can appoint someone else to vote for you.
If you're living overseas, you can appoint someone else to vote at a UK election or referendum for you.
If you're away working for the British Council or as a Crown servant, you can appoint someone else to vote at a UK election or referendum for you.
If you're serving overseas, you can appoint someone else to vote at a UK election or referendum for you.
Apply to vote by emergency proxy
In certain circumstances, where you have an emergency that means you cannot go to the polling station in person, you can apply for an emergency proxy up to 5pm on the day of the poll.
Emergency Proxy for a Disability
If you have a medical emergency occurring after 5pm, six working days before the poll, you can apply to vote by emergency proxy (until 5pm on the day of the election or referendum).
Emergency Proxy for Occupation, Service or Employment
If you are unable to go to your polling station due to your occupation, service or employment, and you only become aware of that fact after 5pm, six working days before the poll (until 5pm on the day of the poll).
To apply to vote by post or by proxy at the EU referendum in Northern Ireland, you will need to complete an application form and send it to your local area electoral office to arrive by 5pm on 3 June 2016.
You can find more information about the EU Referendum and how to have your say on our EU Referendum microsite.