Proxy voting means that if you are not able to cast your vote in person, you can have someone you trust cast your vote for you. When you apply for a proxy vote you must provide a reason.
You can apply for a proxy vote if:
- you are unable to go to the polling station if you are away on holiday
- you have a physical condition that means you cannot go to the polling station
- your employment prevents you from voting at your polling station
The person wishing to act as your proxy must be over the age of 18 and registered to vote.
You can apply for a proxy vote:
- for a particular election - applications for a particular election can only be submitted once the election has been officially announced
- for an indefinite period - if it is for an indefinite period, due to employment or disability, you can apply at any time
How to apply for a proxy vote
There are different forms, depending on why you cannot get to the polling station. Make sure you complete the right one.
You can apply for a proxy vote on the government website.
In certain circumstances, it is possible to apply for an emergency proxy up until 5pm on election day. They include:
- medical illness
You can apply for an emergency proxy vote on the government website.