Apply to vote by proxy

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.

If you want to vote in England, Scotland or Wales

Usually, you need to apply for a proxy vote at least 6 working days before election day if you want to vote in England, Scotland or Wales.

Choose the proxy voting application form for the reason you cannot vote in person. You can download a form in English or Welsh for when:

  • you’ll be away
  • you’ll be at work
  • you’ll be attending a course
  • you’re disabled
  • you’re living overseas
  • you’re serving overseas as a member of the armed forces
  • you’re a British Council employee or Crown servant (for example diplomatic or overseas civil service)

Send the completed form to your local Electoral Registration Office.

If you want to vote in Northern Ireland

There’s a different form to apply to vote by proxy in Northern Ireland.

You need to apply at least 14 working days before election day.