Voting by Proxy
What is a proxy vote?
Voting by proxy is a convenient way of voting if you are unable to get to the polling station. To vote by proxy means that you appoint someone you trust to vote on your behalf. Their name will be held on a separate list at the polling station. You can still vote yourself on polling day if necessary, as long as you arrive at the polling station before your proxy. Voting by proxy can be useful if you fall ill or have to work abroad, and are unable to get to the polling station on election day.
Any registered elector can apply to vote by proxy, however there are certain requirements that you have to meet if you want to appoint a proxy on a permanent basis.
Arranging to vote by Proxy for a Particular Election
If you are unable to go to the polling station for a particular election, for example, if you are away on holiday; you can apply for a "particular election" proxy vote. You will need to complete a proxy vote application form. The form can be returned by post to the Electoral Registration Officer, Chiltern and South Bucks District Councils, King George V House, King George V Road, Amersham, HP6 5AW or by scanning the application and attaching it to an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The form can also be received at the South Bucks District Council Offices (Denham), and Chiltern District Council Offices (Amersham).
The application to vote by proxy for a particular election is linked below
Arranging to vote by Proxy on a permanent basis
In certain circumstances, you can apply to have a proxy vote on your behalf on a permanent basis, for instance, if you are living overseas. To apply to have a proxy on a permanent basis, please contact the Elections Office on 01895 837236. It can be particularly useful if you are overseas and concerned that your completed ballot paper may not arrive in time to be included in the counting of votes (for instance, if you are in the Armed Forces and deployed overseas).
To appoint a proxy on a permanent basis, there are different requirements dependent upon the reason for the application. You can apply for a permanent proxy vote if:
- 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 different applications are available via The Electoral Commission - Voting by Proxy
Registering to vote by Emergency Proxy
In special circumstances, you may apply for an emergency proxy for employment or medical reasons including ill health, up until 5:00pm on polling day. The last date to cancel or amend a postal or proxy vote is no later than 5:00pm on the eleventh working day before the election. All requests must be made in writing.
Emergency proxy - medical
Emergency proxy - employment
Being appointed as a proxy
If you have been appointed as someone's proxy, this means that you can cast their vote on their behalf. You can be a proxy for close relatives (spouse, civil partner, parent, grandparent, brother, sister, child or grandchild) and up to two other people. You can only act as a proxy if you are 18 or over and you are (or will be) registered to vote. The person who appointed you will tell you how they want you to vote on their behalf.
How to vote as someone's proxy
You must go to the polling station of the person who appointed you as their proxy. If you can't get to their polling station, you can apply to vote for them by post up to 5pm, 11 working days before the election. You will receive a proxy poll card telling you where and when to cast your vote on their behalf.
The person who appointed you as their proxy may still vote in person, provided they do so before you have voted for them.