You can apply for a proxy vote as long as you are individually registered to vote.
When you apply you must provide a reason. You can apply for a proxy vote if:
- You are unable to go to the polling station for one particular election, for example, if you are away on holiday
- You have a physical condition that means you cannot go to the polling station on election day
- Your employment means that you cannot go to the polling station on election day
- Your attendance on an educational course means that you cannot go to the polling station on election day
- You are a British citizen living overseas
- You are a crown servant or a member of Her Majesty's Armed Forces
If electors are registered blind, they may ask someone to support their application to confirm that their reason for applying to vote by proxy is valid.
Anyone can be your proxy as long as they are individually registered and eligible to vote in UK elections. The proxy must be eligible to vote in the election for which they have been appointed as a proxy. The proxy must be willing to vote on your behalf and cannot act as a Proxy for more than two other electors.
- Your proxy must go to your polling station to vote. If your proxy cannot get to the polling station, they can apply to vote for you by post
- Your proxy will be sent a proxy poll card before the election telling them which polling station they have to go to
- You must let your proxy know how you want them to vote on your behalf
- If you can go to the polling station on election day, you can still vote provided your proxy has not already done so or has not applied to vote by post.
How to vote : Voting by proxy - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Alternatively, contact Electoral Services and they will send you an application form.
To return your completed form, you can:
- Return your form by post or in person to: Electoral Registration Officer, Charnwood Borough Council, Southfield Road, Loughborough, LE11 2TR
- Alternatively, attach a scanned copy of your completed form using our online contact form.
How to check if you have a proxy vote
If you wish to know whether you have a proxy vote, please contact Electoral Services and they can confirm whether you have a proxy vote set up.
How to cancel your proxy vote
If you wish to cancel your proxy vote, you will need to send a signed letter to Electoral Services requesting that they cancel your proxy vote. Alternatively, contact Electoral Services who can send you a proxy vote cancellation form. The completed letter/form will need to be received by the same deadline of applications for a proxy vote, 5pm 6 working days prior to an election.
For more information regarding voting at a polling station please visit the Electoral Commission website.
Last updated: Thu 27th April, 2023 @ 09:29