Asking a trusted person to vote on your behalf

If you know that you won’t be able to get to the polling station on polling day, you can ask someone you trust to cast your vote for you. This is called a proxy vote and the person casting your vote is often referred to as your proxy.

If you nominate a proxy, the person you choose to vote on your behalf will need to show their own photo ID to cast your vote. They will not need to show your ID.

The person voting on your behalf can either go to your polling station to cast your vote, or can apply to vote for you by post.

Find out how to vote by proxy.

Download the application form

The easiest way to apply for a proxy vote is to do it online through the GOV.UK website.

Apply for a proxy vote online

Alternatively, you can download, print and fill in the proxy vote application form.

Filling in your form

The application form includes instructions on how to fill it in correctly.

You will need to provide your date of birth and signature on your application form.

Where to send your completed form

Send your postal and proxy vote applications to our electoral services team. You can also contact them to find out if you’re on the electoral register, and if you already have a postal or proxy vote.

Please send your completed form by post to: Electoral Registration Officer, EHDC, Monterey House, Bedford Road, Petersfield, Hampshre, GU32 3lJ.

Alternatively you can email it to:

When applying for a new proxy vote, you must return your proxy vote application form by 5pm, six working days before the poll.

When changing or cancelling an existing proxy, postal or postal proxy vote, you must return your proxy vote application form by 5pm, 11 working days before the poll. 

Emergency proxy vote

In certain circumstances, where you have an emergency that means you can't vote in person, you can apply for an emergency proxy.

This must be something that you weren't aware of before the normal proxy vote deadline.

These applications can be made up to 5pm on polling day.