Vote by proxy

Apply to appoint a proxy vote

You can apply to appoint someone to vote on your behalf. This is called a proxy vote.

You must be registered to vote and have asked for permission of the person you want to be your proxy. That person must also be registered to vote in the UK

The deadline to apply to vote by proxy in the next election is 5pm Wednesday 24 April.

We will need to confirm your identity before we can process your proxy vote application. You will need this information to complete the application:

  • the address where you are registered to vote
  • your National Insurance number or other identity documents, for example a passport
  • the specific date of the election or referendum you want to use a proxy vote

You will 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 postal vote signature waiver within the service.

For more information on applying for a proxy vote see the Electoral Commission apply to vote by proxy.

Long-term proxy

You can apply for a long-term proxy vote if you have a specific reason such as a disability or you are living overseas. 

Emergency proxy

However, if you are suddenly incapacitated or taken ill on election day, you can apply for an emergency proxy until 5pm that day. 

How to vote as a proxy

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.

When you go to the polling station, 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.