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Appoint somebody to vote on your behalf – proxy voting

If you’re unable to vote in person on polling day, you can appoint someone to vote on your behalf. This is called a proxy. The person you choose must be over 18 and should be someone you trust, such as a close friend or relative.

Depending on your situation, you might be able to appoint somebody to vote on your behalf at every election.

To apply for a proxy vote, print out and fill in an application form. Then return it to the addresses in the contact us section of this page.

You can apply for a proxy vote at any time until 5pm, on the sixth working day before an election, unless you already have already arranged a postal vote.

If you wish to vote by proxy in the May 2021 elections we must receive your application by 5pm on 27 April. Following this, emergency applications to vote by proxy will then be accepted until 5pm on Thursday 6 May.

Emergency proxy

If an emergency means you can’t get to the polling station on election day you may be able to apply for an emergency proxy. It must be for either a medical emergency or a work reason.

You need to complete and return an emergency proxy application the elections office before 5pm on polling day. The forms to do this will be available here closer to election days.