Ways you can vote

  1. Ways you can vote
  2. Voting at a polling station
  3. If you can't attend a polling station (You are here)
  4. Voting by post
  5. Cancel a postal or proxy vote

If you can't attend a polling station

There may be times when you cannot get to your polling station on polling day. This could be because you will be on holiday, or will be working away.

In these cases, you can choose to vote by post or appoint someone to vote on your behalf as a proxy. You must already have registered to vote before you can do this.

The deadline to ask for a proxy vote is six working days before polling day.

If you already have a postal vote, you must cancel this before you can appoint a proxy to vote for you. 

You can apply for a long-term proxy vote if you are:

  • A registered service voter
  • A registered overseas elector
  • A registered elector who has a physical disability
  • A registered elector who is away from home due to employment or education commitments

You must meet certain conditions to get a long-term proxy vote. Your application must also have support from a relevant person. For example, a healthcare professional if you are applying because of a disability.

If you only need a proxy vote for one election, you do not need support for your application. You must state why you need a proxy vote for that specific election. For example, because you will be on holiday on polling day.

You can access an application form using the link below. Completed forms should be returned to:

Electoral Services
Riverside House
Rawmarsh Road
South Yorkshire
S60 1AE

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