Ways of voting
Last updated 20 October 2023
3. Have someone vote on your behalf: voting by proxy
You can appoint someone to vote on your behalf if you are unable to get to the polling station. This is called voting by proxy.
You can request a proxy vote just for a specific election, for a certain period of time or indefinitely. If you want to vote by proxy for a definite or indefinite period, you'll need to provide a reason (such as attending an educational course or due to a medical condition) and your application will need to be supported by an attestation. More information as to who can support your application is available on the appropriate form for your application.
The person you appoint as your proxy must be a registered voter and eligible to vote in the election you want to vote by proxy in.
To do this, you'll need to complete and sign an application form.
To find out more information and download an application form, visit the Electoral Commission using the button below. You must return it to us at the electoral registration office. If you cannot download the application form you can also contact us to request an application pack. You must provide as much information as possible as you can as to why you want to vote by proxy.
Before you apply to vote by proxy you must register to vote on GOV.UK.
Alternatively may be able to apply for a proxy vote at GOV.UK.
You'll need to provide a National Insurance number and date of birth which will be checked against Department for Work and Pensions records to verify your identity.
If you're appointed as a proxy, you must go to the polling station of the person who appointed you as their proxy to cast their vote. If you can’t go to their polling station, you can apply to cast the proxy vote for them by post. You must apply before 5pm, 11 working days before the poll.
It is an offence for any person to vote as a proxy for more than 4 voters. Of these 4 people, no more than 2 can be “domestic” voters. This means that the other 2 people must be either overseas voters or service voters (voters who are a member of HM forces, the spouse or civil partner of a member of HM forces, or Crown servants abroad).