Proxy Voting

Proxy Voting

Voting by proxy means that you can appoint someone else to vote on your behalf.  Your proxy can either vote by post or vote at a polling station, but the polling station they will vote at can only be the polling station you would have had to vote at yourself.

Your chosen proxy must also be eligible to vote in the election they are voting on your behalf in and can be a proxy for 2 people at the same election, or more if the extra people are close relatives.

The deadline for applications to vote by proxy is by 5pm, six working days before polling day.  Please see Coming elections for the deadline for the next election.

You may need to vote by proxy because:

  • you are unable to go to the polling station for one particular election eg if you are away on holiday

  • you have physical condition that means you cannot go to the polling station on election day

  • your job means you cannot go to polling station on election day

  • your attendance on an education course means you cannot go to the polling station on election day

  • you are a British citizen living overseas (Parliamentary and European Parliamentary only)

  • you are a Crown Servant or a member of the Armed Forces

Please ensure that you complete the correct form when applying to vote by proxy.

Some of the above reasons to appoint a proxy may need to be supported in your application, so it is important that you read all of the application form to ensure that it is completed correctly.

Please download a proxy vote application from the Your Vote Matters webpages, complete the necessary information and either email the form to us as an attachment to [email protected] or post it to:

Electoral Services 
Guildhall
High Street
Kingston upon Thames
KT1 1EU

Vote by proxy due to a medical or work emergency

In certain circumstances, where you have an emergency that means you can't go to the polling station in person, you can apply for an emergency proxy up to 5pm on the day of the election.

For further details and to download a form please see the Electoral Commission’s website

Being appointed as a proxy

If you have been appointed as someone’s proxy, this means you can cast their vote on their behalf.

You can be a proxy for close relatives (defined as your spouse, civil partner, parent, grandparent, brother, sister, child or grandchild) and up to two other people.

You can only act as proxy if you are 18 or over and you are (or will be) registered to vote for that election or referendum.

The person who appointed you will tell you how they want you to vote on their behalf, for example, which candidate, party, or outcome.

How to vote as someone’s proxy

You must go to the polling station of the person who appointed you as their proxy.  If you can’t go to their polling station, you can apply to vote for them by post up to 5pm, up to 11 working days before the election.

You will receive a proxy poll card telling you where and when to cast their vote for them.

If you don’t receive a proxy poll card, you can check where to go to vote by contacting electoral services on 020 8547 5026 or by email at [email protected]

The person who appointed you as their proxy may still vote in person, provided they do so before you have voted for them and only if you have not applied to vote for them by post.