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Home > Elections > How to Vote > Vote by proxy

Vote by proxy

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.

 

Advantages of voting by proxy

Voting by proxy can make it easier for people to vote. For example it is useful for:

  • People who are unable to get to the polling station to vote;
  • People who want to vote but who know that they are going to be away on Election Day;
  • People who have fallen ill and are unable to get to the polling station;
  • People who are overseas in a country that is too far away to send back a postal vote in time for the election, for example if you are in the Armed Forces or deployed abroad.

 

How to apply

You can apply to vote by proxy by completing the below form:

 Application 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:

  • In the case of a medical condition, illness or disability arising after the deadline for ordinary proxy applications (i.e. 5pm on the sixth working day before the poll)
  • If the person is a mental health patient detained under civil powers (i.e. who are not detained offenders)
  • If a person’s occupation, service or employment means they cannot go to the polling station in person and they became aware of this fact after the deadline for ordinary proxy applications (i.e. 5pm on the sixth working day before the poll).

 

Where do I return the form?

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