Vote by proxy

If you are unable to go to your polling station on election day Apply to vote by proxy

The last day to apply to arrange a proxy vote in the coming elections is 5pm on Tuesday 28 April 2015. 

  • you must be registered to vote to apply for a proxy vote
  • a proxy is someone who will go to your normal polling station and vote with your authority on your behalf
  • you will need to tell your proxy which candidate or candidates you wish to vote for
  • if you change your mind and wish to vote in person, you can still do so, providing that your proxy has not already voted on your behalf
  • a proxy can be a relative or friend, but they must be eligible to vote themselves for the election you appoint them
  • you can only apply to vote by proxy for an indefinite basis for the following reasons:
    • physical incapacity
    • overseas elector
    • studying at university
    • certain occupations such as armed forces
  • you may appoint a proxy for a specific election if you are unable to attend your polling station due to a journey that would involve travelling over sea or by air

Emergency proxy

In the case of medical emergencies or occupation requirements doesn’t allow you to vote in person, a proxy may be applied for up to 5.00pm on polling day.

Medical proxy

For medical reasons, you must be taken ill after the 28 April 2015 and not be aware of an operation that requires hospital or home recovery before that date.

Medical proxy forms must be attested by a medical professional.

Occupational proxy

If you are not able to attend your polling station for reason your occupation or employment, you may apply for an emergency proxy up to 5.00pm on Thursday 7 May 2015.

To qualify for an emergency proxy due to employment, you must not be aware of this requirement before Tuesday 28 April 2015.

You must have your emergency proxy attested your employer who will legally state your circumstances were not know before 28 April 2015.

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