What is a proxy?
A ‘proxy’ is someone who is appointed by you to vote on your behalf at an election, so to vote by proxy you must first find someone who is willing to attend your polling station and whom you trust to cast your vote (ie mark a ballot paper) on your behalf. Only electors who are registered are entitled to apply to vote by proxy.
There are two types of proxy voting:
- Permanent proxy voting - Permanent proxy voting is only available to registered electors on the grounds of health, employment or full time education commitments, or where they are registered as overseas electors. The appropriate application form can be downloaded from Your Vote Matters or posted out on request from Electoral Services (contact details can be seen at the bottom of this page). This form will need to be supported by a suitably qualified person, in accordance with the notes printed on the form, unless you are registered as an overseas elector or service voter.
- Temporary proxy voting - Temporary proxy voting is available to any registered elector for any reason. Applications are made for a specific election and do not need to be supported by anyone. The appropriate application form can be downloaded from Your Vote Matters or posted out on request from Electoral Services (contact details can be seen at the bottom of this page).
How to apply
You can find more information about applying to vote by proxy online. You can also contact Electoral Services for further advice (contact details can be seen at the bottom of this page).
The deadline to apply for a proxy vote will depend on the election deadlines for each specific election.
If you are submitting an application to vote by proxy at a particular election, ensure you allow sufficient time for any proxy vote application forms to reach us, particularly if you are posting your forms. For postal and proxy forms, you can also scan them and return as an email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who can be a proxy?
A proxy must be at least 18 years old and not disqualified to vote in his or her own right. For a General Election, the proxy must be a British, Commonwealth or Irish citizen. For Local Government or European Parliamentary Elections, he or she may also be a citizen of the European Union. The person you wish to appoint as your proxy can only act as proxy if they are registered themselves. If you and/or the person you wish to appoint as your proxy are not yet registered, you can now apply to register online.
No one may act as a proxy for more than two people at the same election, unless he or she is the spouse, civil partner, parent, grandparent, brother, sister, child or grandchild of the voter.
If you appoint a proxy and then have a change of plans, you may still vote in person at your polling station - providing you do so before the proxy has voted on your behalf!
Postal proxy voting
If your proxy cannot attend your polling station in person for any reason on the day of the election, they can apply in advance to vote by post. To apply for a postal proxy, both the proxy and the elector will need to complete a form, and both would need to be submitted by the postal voting deadline at an election time, which will be at least a week earlier than the proxy voting deadline.
Please note that if your proxy has been allocated a postal proxy you will not be able to vote at the polling station, even if your proxy has not yet voted. If you require any further information please contact Electoral Services.
Emergency proxy voting
In certain circumstances, where you have a medical or work related emergency which means you cannot go to the polling station in person and which has occurred after the normal proxy deadline has passed for an election, you can apply for an emergency proxy up to 5pm on the day of the poll. The forms can be downloaded online. Please contact Electoral Services for more information.
North Kesteven District Council
Tel: 01529 308238