Voting by proxy

General election 2019

The deadline for receiving new applications to vote by proxy (not postal proxy or emergency proxies) is 5pm on 4 December 2019.

Apply for a proxy vote

You can arrange a proxy for an indefinite period and you can apply at any time - you do not have to wait for an election to be announced.

You should download an application form (yourvotematters website) and submit your application:

If you are returning your application close to a deadline, you should send a clear, scanned version by email to ensure it reaches us on time. 

You are required to provide your:

  • Signature
  • Date of birth
  • Reason for requesting a proxy vote

This information is required by law and for the security of your postal vote, and your application will not be accepted without it.

Problems providing a signature

You may not be required to provide a signature if:

  • You are unable to sign in a consistent or distinctive way because of a disability
  • You are unable to read or write

Apply for postal proxy 

If your proxy wants your ballot paper posted to them, they will need to apply for a postal proxy vote.

To do this, they must complete and submit an application for a proxy to vote by post , which requires your proxy’s signature and date of birth.

If we do not receive a valid postal proxy application (by 5pm, 11 working days before an election), your proxy will have to attend your polling station on election day to vote on your behalf.

Apply for emergency proxy vote 

You can apply for an emergency proxy vote if you become aware of a reason why you cannot vote in person after the deadline to vote by proxy.

You should download the relevant application form for your circumstances and submit your application by post, by hand or by emailing by 5pm on polling day.

Absent Vote Signature Refresh

If you have been asked to provide updated personal identifiers for your postal or proxy vote, further information is available from Postal/Proxy Vote Signature Refresh.