Postal and Proxy Voting
At elections there are statutory closing dates for Postal and Proxy Vote applications being received by the Electoral Registration Officer and so it is vital that you make the first contact as early as possible after the date of the Election is known.
While application forms for Postal or Proxy votes are available online, the forms must be printed and returned completed and signed to the Electoral Registration Officer.
To apply for a Postal Vote is very simple, you can ask for a postal vote just because you want to; no reason needs to be given.
If you are unable to provide a signature or consistent signature you may be eligible to apply for a signature waiver application. Please contact our office by telephone and speak to a member of staff.
Voting by Post involves the issue of your ballot paper to an address of your choice, and the marking, by you, of your vote on the ballot paper. That ballot paper then requires to be returned by the close of poll on polling day.
Download the Postal Vote Application Form and Guidance Notes here.
To apply for a Proxy vote is more restricted and requires a reason to be given. Reasons for Indefinite or particular period applications could be because of physical incapacity, work or educational absences, which may mean the applicant is regularly away from home.
Voting by Proxy involves your appointment of another person to vote on your behalf. This can be anyone as long as they themselves are qualified to vote at the election in question and have not already been appointed as Proxy for more than two persons to whom they are not related. Applications can be made for an indefinite period or a particular period or for a particular election only.
You may wish to apply for a particular election because you will be on holiday, on a business trip or are on a short-term hospital stay. These are just some of the acceptable circumstances, but there are others and if you are not sure you should contact the Electoral Registration Officer as soon as you know that you will be unable to vote in person. You need to get the right application form in order to vote by proxy. Look at the different application forms below and download the one that applies to you.Application to vote by Proxy at a particular election
Application to vote by Proxy due to Disability
Application to vote by Emergency Proxy due to Disability
Application to vote by Proxy due to Employment
Application to vote by Emergency Proxy based on occupation, service or employment
Application to vote by Proxy due to attendance at Educational Course
Application to vote by Proxy for a British Citizen living Overseas
Application to vote by Proxy for a Crown Servant
Application to vote by Proxy for a member of the Armed Forces