Vote by proxy

A proxy is when you appoint someone to vote on your behalf.

Apply for a proxy vote at

If you haven’t received your proxy vote

If you have a permanent proxy vote arrangement, your proxy should have received the proxy polling card automatically. If they haven’t, please phone the Electoral Services on 020 8359 5577 or email

Countersigning a proxy application

Except for applications for a particular election or if you are registered blind, you will have to get someone to support your application to confirm that your reason for applying to vote by proxy is valid.  Read the notes that accompany the application form to find out if you need to get someone to support your application and who can do it.

Further information on applying to vote by proxy.

Who can vote on your behalf as proxy

Anyone can be your proxy as long as they are eligible to vote in that type of election, their details have been confirmed against Department of Work and Pensions records and they are willing to vote on your behalf.

However, a person can only vote as proxy at the same election for:

  • No more than two people to whom they are unrelated; and/or
  • Anyone to whom they are related as spouse, parent, grandparent, brother, sister, child or grandchild.

Emergency proxy vote

In certain circumstances, where you have an emergency that means you cannot go to the polling station in person, you can apply for an emergency proxy up to 5pm on the election day. For more information, please contact Electoral Services on 020 8359 5577 or email

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