Postal and proxy votes

Proxy votes

The deadline for receiving proxy applications to vote is 5pm Thursday 27 April 2021.

A proxy vote is where nominate someone else to vote on your behalf.

You can only apply for a proxy vote if you have registered to vote.

You can only apply for a proxy vote under certain circumstances, including:

  • being away on polling day
  • having a medical issue or disability
  • not being able to vote in person because of work or military service

You can find out about voting by proxy on GOV.UK. You can’t apply for a proxy vote on GOV.UK. You can only apply through us.

Apply for a Proxy vote

If you want to appoint a proxy to vote for you, they must be:

  • willing to vote on your behalf
  • legally allowed to vote

To apply for a proxy vote, you must ask us to send you a proxy vote application form.

Download a proxy vote application form

Ask us to send a proxy vote application form

We will post the form to you as soon as we receive your request.

Once you have received your proxy vote application form you will need to:

  • complete it
  • make sure you sign it
  • make sure the person voting on your behalf signs it
  • return it to us

You can scan the form and upload your proxy application, or you can post the form to us.

Upload your proxy vote application

We must receive your proxy vote application at least six working days before an election, so that we can issue your proxy vote.

If you become ill after this time, you can still apply for a proxy vote until 5pm on polling day.

We will send details to your proxy on how they can cast your vote.

Once we have set your proxy vote up, you can still vote yourself. You can't vote if your proxy has already voted for you.

How to use a proxy vote

We will send you and your proxy a confirmation letter when we have set up your proxy vote.

If you are a proxy we will send you instructions about how and where to vote. You will have to vote at the polling station of the person you are a proxy for.

You can only be a proxy for close relatives and up to two other people.

Elections

Electoral Registration Officer and Returning Officer

Address: Causeway House,
Bocking End,
Braintree,
Essex,
CM7 9HB

Telephone: 01376 552525