Vote by Post
We know that many people may feel nervous about going out on Election day due to COVID 19.
If you would like to avoid a visit to the polling station to vote in person on polling day, you can still exercise your democratic right to vote. Anyone who is on the Register of Electors is eligible to apply for a postal vote at any election/referendum.
You must apply for a postal vote in advance of any election/referendum and can ask for a postal vote:
- until further notice
- for a specific election/referendum
- for a set period
If you want to find out about postal voting, click here.
Vote by Proxy
Proxy voting means that if you aren't able to cast your vote in person, you can have someone you trust cast your vote for you. Anyone who is registered can apply for a proxy vote.
When you apply for a proxy vote you must provide a reason. You can apply for a proxy vote if:
- you are unable to go to the polling station for one particular election, for example, if you are away on holiday
- you have a physical condition that means you cannot go to the polling station on election day
- your employment means that you cannot go to the polling station on election day
- your attendance on an educational course means that you cannot go to the polling station on election day
- you are a British citizen living overseas
- you are a crown servant or a member of Her Majesty's Armed Forces
The person you wish to appoint as your proxy can only act as proxy if they are 18 or over and they are (or will be) registered for that election or referendum. Your proxy must be a close relative (defined as spouse, civil partner, parent, grandparent, brother, sister, child or grandchild). An individual can be a proxy for up to two people and they are able to apply for a postal vote on your behalf.
To apply for a proxy vote, you must fill in the relevant form. More information can be found here.