Proxy Votes

Voting by proxy means appointing someone to vote for you at your polling station. You will need to tell your proxy which candidate(s) you wish to vote for.

You can apply for a proxy vote at any time up until 5:00pm six days before an election. You don't have to wait for an election to be announced to apply.

You cannot sign a proxy vote application on behalf of another elector, even if you have Power of Attorney.

You have to provide a reason to vote by proxy for a single election. You can only vote by proxy on an indefinite basis for the following reasons: physical incapacity or being registered blind, overseas voter, studying, requiring a journey by sea or air to get to the polling station and certain occupations such as the Armed Forces.

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. If your proxy cannot get to your polling station, they can apply to vote by post. However, if they chose this option, you will not then be able to vote in person.

If you have a medical emergency six days or less before the election, you can apply for an emergency proxy vote up until 5pm on polling day. Your application to vote by proxy must be supported by a doctor.

A Person may not have more than one proxy at any time.

A Person is not entitled to vote as a proxy at the same European Parliamentary Election in any electoral region on behalf of more than two electors who are not close relatives. A person can act as proxy for any number of the following close relatives:

Although a person can be appointed as a proxy by more than two people, the proxy would be committing an offence if they voted on behalf of more than two people who are not close relatives.

Paragraph 6(6), RPA 2000

If you wish to apply for a proxy vote please fill out the proxy voting form and send it to:

Electoral Services
The Forum
Moat Lane
NN12 6AD

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01327 322128

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