Voting by proxy

How to apply for a proxy vote

If you are unable to attend a Polling Station in person, you may appoint another person to vote on your behalf. This is known as a proxy vote. You can apply online for a proxy vote at

The total number of electors for whom a person may act as a proxy is now limited to four, of which no more than two can be domestic electors (i.e. an elector that is neither an overseas elector nor a service voter).

If you cannot apply online, you can download, print and fill in a proxy vote application form (PDF) 

If you need a paper proxy vote application to be sent to you by post, or you need assistance applying for a proxy vote, please contact Electoral Services at or telephone us on 01274 432287.

You need to provide your national insurance number as part of your application to vote by proxy for identity verification purposes. If you are not able to provide a national insurance number, or your national insurance number cannot be verified, you will be asked to provide documentary evidence in order to process your proxy vote application.

How to apply for a postal proxy vote

Your proxy may wish to vote by post if they are unable to attend the Polling Station to vote in person. If you wish to apply for a postal proxy, please contact us.

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