Ways of voting

Voting by proxy

Voting by proxy means getting someone to vote on your behalf.

You can apply to vote by proxy:

  • for a single election on a specific date
  • permanently
  • for a specific period if you want to vote in England, Scotland and Wales

If you live in Northern Ireland there’s a different form to apply to vote by proxy.

You can only apply for a proxy vote under certain circumstances, including:

  • being away on polling day
  • having a medical issue or disability
  • not being able to vote in person because of work or military service

You need to give the reason why you’re applying for a proxy vote.

In most cases, you need someone to sign your application form to confirm your reasons for wanting a proxy vote. The application form will tell you who needs to sign it.

Change or cancel your proxy vote

To change who acts as your proxy or to start voting in person, contact your local Electoral Registration Office.

If you want to vote by post instead, complete a postal vote application.