Apply to vote by proxy

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?

Anyone who is registered can apply for a proxy vote.

When you apply for a proxy vote you must provide a reason. You can apply for a proxy vote if:

  • you are unable to go to the polling station for one particular election, for example, if you are away on holiday
  • you have a physical condition that means you cannot go to the polling station on election day
  • your employment means that you cannot go to the polling station on election day
  • your attendance on an educational course means that you cannot go to the polling station on election day
  • you are a British citizen living overseas
  • you are a crown servant or a member of Her Majesty's Armed Forces

The person you wish to appoint as your proxy can only act as proxy if they are 18 (16 in Scotland) and are registered to vote.

A person cannot be a proxy for more than two people at any one election or referendum, unless they are a close relative.

Find out more about casting your vote by proxy


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.

Download the form to vote by proxy at a particular election or referendum (PDF)

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.

Find the contact details for your local electoral registration office.

Disability

If you can't make it to the polling station due to a disability, you can appoint someone else to vote for you.

Download the form for a proxy vote due to disability (PDF)

Educational

If you'll be away on a course on polling day, you can appoint someone else to vote for you.

Download the form for a proxy vote as you're away on education (PDF)

Employment

If you'll be away for work on polling day, you can appoint someone else to vote for you.

Download the form for a proxy vote as you'll be away for work (PDF)

Overseas

If you're living overseas, you can appoint someone else to vote at a UK election or referendum for you.

Download the form for a proxy vote as you're living overseas (PDF)

Crown Servant

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.

Download the form for a proxy vote as you're working as a Crown Servant (PDF)

Armed Forces

If you're serving overseas, you can appoint someone else to vote at a UK election or referendum for you.

Download the form for proxy vote as you're serving in the Armed Forces (PDF)

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).

Download the form for an emergency proxy for a disability (PDF)

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).

Download the form for an emergency proxy for occupation, service or employment (PDF)

Northern Ireland

To apply to vote by proxy in Northern Ireland, visit the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland website to download the correct form.