Voting in elections
Instead of voting at your designated polling station on the day of poll, you can apply for someone to vote on your behalf as a proxy. You can apply for a proxy vote for a particular election, or a longer period under certain conditions and if it is attested by a relevant person.
How do I apply for a proxy vote?
In order to vote by proxy for a specific election you need to complete a proxy vote application form.
In order to vote by proxy for a longer period you need to complete the relevant application form, which can be found on the Electoral Commission website.
The person you wish to appoint as your proxy can only act as proxy if they are 18 years old or over and registered to vote in the election. The person cannot be a proxy for more than two people at any one election or referendum, unless they are a close relative.
An application for a proxy vote must be received in the Electoral Services Office by 5pm on the sixth working day before an election.
When you appoint a proxy they will need to be able to attend your designated Polling Station to be able to vote. If this is not convenient, for example, if your proxy lives outside the area they can apply to cast your proxy vote by post.
In this situation, the application for a proxy vote and the application from the person you appoint to cast the proxy vote by post must be received in the Electoral Services Office by 5pm on the eleventh working day before an election. Please contact us if you wish to vote in this way.
If you wish to cancel your proxy vote (or proxy vote by post), we must receive notification of this by 5pm on the eleventh working day before an election.
How does my proxy vote on my behalf?
Your proxy should receive a proxy poll card, but they do not need this to vote on your behalf. They need to tell the polling station staff that they are a proxy and the name and address of the person they are acting as a proxy for. You can still vote in person if you get to your polling station before your proxy.