Someone to vote for you - proxy voting
If you are registered to vote but can't vote in person, you can appoint someone to cast your vote for you.
This is called a proxy vote.
- if you can't get to your local polling station on polling day (like if you're on holiday or away at university)
- you have a medical reason
- your work or military service means you can't vote in person
The person you appoint must be aged 18 or over and registered and eligible to vote in the same type of election or referendum.
They can either go to your polling station to cast your vote, or can apply to vote for you by post.
You must register for your proxy vote before the registration deadline date
How to appoint someone to vote for you
Return your proxy vote by:
Email: email@example.com as a scanned attachment
Electoral Services Office
Long-term proxy voting
You can apply to vote by proxy on an indefinite basis if you:
- have a disability
- are away on an educational course
- are away for work
- are registered as an overseas voter
- work overseas for the British Council or as a Crown servant
- overseas in armed forces
You can find further information and long-term proxy voting application forms on the Electoral Commission website