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Postal and proxy voting

Postal and proxy voting

How to apply for a Postal vote

The deadline for receiving completed postal vote applications is 5pm 26th November 2019.

Download and complete the postal vote application form. Having completed the application form return it to the Electoral Registration Officer by either:

Once your postal vote has been set up, you will not be able to vote at the Polling Station.

Important Postal votes can be sent worldwide although they must still be received before the Close of Poll. Given that the legislative timeframe may be challenging for some Postal Services across the world we would suggest that nominating a Proxy (below) may be a more practical method of securing your democratic representation.   

What is a Postal vote?

Postal voting is where Ballot Paper(s) are sent to you by post, these will usually be sent in the week before the election. 

You can then mark your Ballot Paper(s), complete a Statement of Identity and return these in a pre-paid envelope to the Returning Officer or hand deliver to either the main Council offices or to any Polling Station in your electoral ward or constituency. All documents must, however, be received before the close of Poll to be counted.

Your date of birth and signature on the Statement of Identity will be compared against your original application form and once these have been verified, your Ballot paper(s) will be mixed in with others before being counted so your vote remains a secret.  


How to Apply for a Proxy vote 

The deadline for receiving completed proxy vote applications is 5pm 4th December 2019.

Download and complete the proxy vote application form. Having completed the application form return it to the Electoral Registration Officer by either:

If you want to appoint a proxy to vote for you, he or she must be willing to vote on your behalf and legally allowed to vote.

You will need to enter your proxy's name and address, together with details of their relationship to you (if any) on the form. A proxy may not vote at the same election for more than two people unless they are a close relative (spouse, civil partner, parent, grandparent, brother, sister or grandchild) of the people they are voting for.

Your proxy does not have to sign the form but please ensure that they are aware of the appointment and are happy to vote on your behalf.  If the person you want to be your proxy does not live in the same area as you and would have to travel to attend your usual polling station - they should consider applying for a Postal Proxy Vote.

Your proxy will be sent details on where to cast your vote for you a week or two before the day of the election.

What is proxy voting?

A Proxy vote is where you give permission for someone else to cast a vote on your behalf because you are unsure whether you can go to your designated Polling Station or Postal voting is not convenient.

However, if on election day you find you can go to your designated Polling Station you can still vote in person provided that your proxy has not already voted for you.