If you’re unable to vote in person you can ask someone to vote on your behalf. This is called a proxy vote.
Who can act as a proxy
You can ask anyone to act as your proxy - as long as they’re registered to vote and they’re allowed to vote in the same type of election.
You can be a proxy for 2 people at the same election, or more if the extra people are close relatives.
How to apply for a proxy vote
Usually, you need to apply for a proxy vote at least 6 working days before election day.
There’s a different form to complete depending on the reason you can’t vote yourself:
- you’ll be away (PDF,107KB) (eg on holiday)
- you’ll be at work (PDF,178KB)
- you’ll be attending a course (PDF,129KB)
- you’re disabled (PDF,209KB)
- you’re living overseas (PDF,111KB)
- you’re serving overseas as a member of the armed forces (PDF,126KB)
- you’re a British Council employee or Crown servant (PDF,137KB) (eg overseas civil service or diplomatic service)
Send the completed form to your local Electoral Registration Office.