Absent voters

Voting by proxy

Any elector can choose to vote by proxy for just one election. You must have a valid reason, for example, you are on holiday and cannot get home in time to vote.

Long-term proxy

You can apply for a long-term proxy vote only if you have a specific reason such as a disability or you are living overseas.  However, if you are suddenly incapacitated or taken ill on election day, you can apply to vote by proxy for medical reasons up until 5pm that day. 

Proxy vote deadline

There are deadlines for applying for postal votes, which will be shown on this page for each election.

It is very simple to vote as someone's proxy. We will send you a special proxy poll card with details of where you need to go to vote. If you are going to the polling station, just tell the staff there that you are voting as a proxy and they will tell you what to do. Don't forget to take your proxy poll card - this will make it easier for polling station staff to find the right ballot paper. If you can't attend the polling station you can vote by post.

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