A proxy vote enables an elector to appoint someone they trust to vote on their behalf. The appointed person can choose whether to vote in person at the Polling Station or by post.
Anyone can be a proxy voter, as long as they are eligible to vote in the election and are willing to vote on your behalf. You cannot be a proxy for more than two people at any one election, unless they are a close relative.
Voting by proxy can make it easier for people to vote. For example it is useful for:
You can apply to vote by proxy by completing the below form:
If you are unable to provide your signature for any reason you should indicate this on the form as you may be eligible for a signature waiver. Please also provide details of anyone who assists you in completing the form. It is not possible for someone else to apply for a proxy vote on your behalf.
You can apply for a proxy vote at any time during the year; however there is a deadline by which proxy vote applications must be received in advance of an election which is normally six working days before Election Day. However an application for an emergency proxy can be made six days or less before Election day under the following circumstances: