Apply for a proxy vote

You can get someone else to vote on your behalf (a proxy) if you cannot go to the polling station in person.

Use this service to apply to vote by proxy in:

  • general elections and other UK Parliamentary elections
  • local elections in England (including mayors)
  • Police and Crime Commissioner elections in England and Wales
  • referendums
  • MP recall petitions

You and your proxy must both be registered to vote in the UK before you can apply.

There’s a different way to apply:

You must apply by 5pm, at least 6 working days before polling day.

If you miss the deadline you may be able to apply for an emergency proxy vote.

If you’re registered to vote anonymously, apply for a proxy vote through your local Electoral Registration Office.

This service is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).

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Before you start

Ask your proxy’s permission before you apply.

You’ll need:

  • your National Insurance number or any other identity document, for example a birth certificate
  • the address where your proxy is registered to vote
  • contact details for your proxy

You’ll also need to upload a photo of your handwritten signature in black ink on plain white paper.

If you cannot provide a signature or one that always looks the same, you may be able to apply for a proxy vote signature waiver within the service.

Other ways to apply

If you cannot apply online, download and fill in a proxy voting application form. Send it to your local Electoral Registration Office.

If you cannot sign a printed form, contact your local Electoral Registration Office.

Get help applying

There’s an easy read guide about applying for a proxy vote online.

Update details of an existing proxy vote

Contact your local Electoral Registration Office.

  1. Step 1 Check if you can vote

  2. Step 2 Register to vote

    You need to register to vote in elections and referendums. You need to register again if you have changed your name, address or nationality.

    1. Register to vote online
    1. Register to vote using a paper form
  3. Step 3 Decide if you want to vote in person, by post, or by proxy

    1. Find out the different ways you can vote
  4. Step 4 Get ready to vote in person

    1. Check what ID you need to vote

    Contact your local electoral registration office to find your polling station or to find out what to do if you have accessibility needs.

    1. Contact the local electoral registration office
  5. or Apply for a postal vote

    In England, Scotland or Wales:

    You must apply no later than 5pm, 11 working days before the election.

    1. Apply in Northern Ireland
  6. or Apply for a proxy vote

    In England, Scotland or Wales:

    You must apply by 5pm, at least 6 working days before polling day.

    1. Apply in Northern Ireland
  7. or Get ready to vote as a proxy

    1. Check what ID you need to vote

    Contact the local electoral registration office of the person you are a proxy for to find their polling station or to find out what to do if you have accessibility issues.

    1. Contact the local electoral registration office
  8. Step 5 Vote in person

  9. or Vote by post

    1. Vote by post
  10. or Vote as a proxy for someone else