If you are registered to vote but unable to go to your polling station on election day you can apply to vote by proxy.
Completed forms should be returned to Electoral Services, or to our Customer Centre.
If applying for a particular upcoming election, ensure that your application will be received by the relevant proxy deadline, which will be declared for each election.
A 'proxy' is someone who will go to your normal polling station and vote, with your authority, on your behalf. They can be a relative (spouse, civil partner, parent, grandparent, brother, sister, child or grandchild), and must be eligible to vote in the election you appoint them.
You can apply to vote by proxy on an indefinite basis for the following reasons:
- physical incapacity
- certain occupations such as armed forces
You can also apply to vote by proxy for the time period you're studying at university.
You can appoint a proxy for a specific election if you're unable to attend your polling station due to a journey that would involve travelling over sea or by air, see: Apply to vote by proxy (particular election).