Anyone can apply for a postal vote for all elections, or for a particular election - you do not need to give a reason. To apply please contact us to request a Postal Vote Application form and return it to us at the relevant address at the bottom of the page.
The last time for the receipt of applications for postal votes is 5pm 11 working days before the day of the election.
Please be aware that the postal votes cannot be sent until after the nomination process has closed and ballot papers have been printed. Therefore we do not anticipate postal votes arriving more than 6 working days before polling day.
A proxy is somebody who goes to your polling station and votes on your behalf. If you choose to vote by proxy for a particular election then you are required to give a reason why you want a proxy vote, for example illness, disability, living overseas, employment, holiday and so on. If you want to vote by proxy at all elections then you will need to give a reason and get someone to support your application - the people who can do this are shown on the form.
People who are appointed as proxies must:
- themselves be eligible to vote at that particular election
- only be a proxy for a maximum of two people (unless they are related to them)
The last time for the receipt of applications for proxy votes is 5pm 6 working days before the day of the election.
Emergency Proxy Voting
It is now possible to apply for what is called an emergency proxy after the deadline for proxy applications has already passed, this can be for either of the following reasons:
If you suffer a medical emergency which means you are unable to get to your polling station then you can apply to appoint an emergency proxy by completing an Application to Vote by Emergency Proxy. You will need a supporting signature from a medical practitioner, social worker or similar to confirm you circumstances. The list of people who can support your application can be found on the form. Your completed form must be with us by 5pm on polling day.
If you, after the deadline for standard proxy applications, become unable to attend the polling station in person for reasons relating to your occupation, service or employment then you can appoint a proxy by completing the Application to Vote by Emergency Proxy. If you are self-employed you will need a supporting signature from a person 18 or over who knows you, this person cannot be your spouse, civil partner, parent, grandparent, brother, sister, child or grandchild.
If you are employed you will need a supporting signature from your employer or an authorised person at your workplace. If you are a member of HM Forces, a Crown Servant or British Council Employee, or a spouse or civil partner, and registered as a service voter you do not need to support your application.