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 11 days before an election. You donít have to wait for an election to be announced to apply.
You canít 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.