Vote by proxy – appoint somebody to vote on your behalf
If you’re unable to vote in person on polling day, you can appoint someone else to vote on your behalf at your polling station. This is called a proxy.
The person you choose must be over 18, registered and entitled to vote in the type of election being held, 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.
How to apply to vote by proxy
From 31 October 2023, you must apply for your proxy vote online through the new government portal.
You will also need to provide your National Insurance number as part of the application process.
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.
Elections Act changes
Following implementation of the Elections Act 2022, a person will only be able to act as a proxy for up to 2 people living in the UK and a further 2 that live abroad and are registered as overseas electors.
Alternatively, a person can act as a proxy for up to 4 people living abroad that are registered as overseas electors.
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, Voter ID (VAC) or a work reason. You may also be eligible to apply for an emergency proxy if you are registered as an anonymous elector and do not have an Anonymous Elector’s Document (AED).
You need to complete and return an emergency proxy application to the elections office before 5pm on polling day. The relevant form can be downloaded from the UK government website here.
Completed forms can be scanned or photographed and emailed to Electoral Services using the contact details in the section below.