Proxy voting

About proxy voting

If you know that you won’t be able to get to the polling station on polling day, you can ask someone you trust to cast your vote for you. This is called a proxy vote and the person casting your vote is often referred to as your proxy.

The person voting on your behalf can either go to your polling station to cast your vote or can apply to vote for you by post.

Types of proxy votes

There are a few different proxy voting applications.

The one you choose depends on if you want to appoint a proxy:

  • Permanently
  • At one particular election
  • In an emergency
  • If you live abroad

Permanent proxy voting

It's possible to appoint someone to vote on your behalf at all future elections.

However, it's only available if you have certain health problems or a commitment to your job or education.

You may also need a doctor or suitably qualified person to support your application.

Appointing a proxy for one particular election

Anyone can appoint a proxy for one particular election. 

You do not need a reason and you do not need someone to support your application.

When to apply

You can apply for a proxy vote anytime throughout the year.

However, you need to apply no later than 6 working days before polling day to vote by proxy at that election.

You'll need to apply for an emergency proxy vote if you miss this deadline.