Am I eligible for a proxy vote? Click to get info
If you're registered to vote, then you can apply for a proxy vote.
There are different application requirements depending on the reason on the application. You must give a reason for requesting to nominate a proxy in every case.
You can apply for a proxy vote if:
- you're unable to get to the polling station for one particular election (eg if you're away on holiday)
- you have a physical condition that means that you can't get to the polling station on polling day
- your employment means that you can't get to the polling station on polling day
- your attendance at an educational course means that you can't get to the polling station on polling day
- you're a British citizen living overseas
- you're a Crown servant, or a member of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces
Who can be my proxy? Click to get info
Anyone can be your proxy provided that:
- they're eligible to vote in that type of election
- their details have been confirmed against Department for Work and Pensions records and they've been successfully registered themselves
- their registration to be your proxy has been processed
- they're willing to vote on your behalf
However, a person can only vote as a proxy at the same election for:
- anyone they're related to - as spouse, parent, grandparent, brother, sister, child or grandchild
- no more than two people who they're not related to
Does my proxy have to go to a polling station to vote? Click to get info
Yes, they have to go to YOUR polling station – they can't vote at their own station if it's different to yours.
However, they can apply to cast their proxy vote by post. You'll need to let us know about this on your application for a proxy vote and we will then send your proxy the necessary form to complete.
How long does my proxy vote last for? Click to get info
How to cancel or amend a proxy vote Click to get info
To cancel or amend a proxy vote application, you have to inform us in writing by no later than 5pm on the sixth working day before the election.
The easiest way to do this is by email
Email firstname.lastname@example.org giving your full name and address, and the date from which you wish to cancel your proxy vote.
Or you can write to:
Waltham Forest Town Hall
Walthamstow E17 4JF
Yes, but don’t worry if you haven’t received a polling card – you don’t need it to vote, and you don’t need to take any form of ID.
Staff at the polling station just need your name, and the name and address of the person for whom you are voting.
Please remember that you need to attend the designated polling station of the person for whom you are acting as proxy in order to be able to vote on their behalf – which may be different to your own polling station.
I applied for a proxy vote, but I can now attend in person. Click to get info
If you go to the polling station and state that you had nominated a proxy but now wish to vote yourself, staff will issue you with your ballot paper – provided that you get to the station before your proxy does.
If they've already voted for you, you can't then vote yourself.
If you do vote yourself, your proxy won't then be able to vote for you again later.