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Voting by Proxy at Elections

Can I apply for someone else to vote on my behalf?

Under certain circumstances you can Apply for a Proxy Vote which allows you to nominate someone else to attend the polling station and cast your vote.

Please download and return to Elections Team, Wyre Forest House, Finepoint Way, Kidderminster, DY11 7WF.

Proxy for a particular election only

Proxy voting is available to anyone who is unable to attend their polling station on polling day. It is possible for anyone to apply for a proxy vote at a particular election, as long as they provide a reason why they are not able to vote in person themselves on the day of the election.

Permanent Proxy

It is possible to appoint a proxy permanently, but only in certain circumstances. You may also need to get your application signed, or provide further information in order for your application to be approved. Please find listed below the reasons for obtaining a permanent proxy vote, and the supporting evidence required:

  • Registered Blind/Recipient of Higher Disability Living Allowance - You must state the council with which you are registered blind or declare that you receive the higher rate of allowance
  • Physical Incapacity - You must have your application form supported by a registered medical practitioner, registered nurse or Christian Science practitioner, provided that person is giving you treatment or care. If you are in a residential home or sheltered housing, then the head of home or warden can support your application (but not a care assistant).
  • Employment Reasons - Your employer must sign your application. If you are self-employed, please indicate this on the form, if you are self-employed, then your application must be supported by someone who is 18 or over, knows your circumstances, and is not related to you.
  • Attendance on a Course - Each college/institution will have appointed an officer to support applications on these grounds. Check with your college who this person is.

Emergency Proxy

Applications for a proxy vote can be made up to six days before polling day but an "emergency” proxy vote can be applied for after this date for those who could not have applied earlier because of unforeseen health or work reasons. "An emergency” application can be made up to 5pm on polling day. Should you need an "emergency" proxy vote application form, then please contact Electoral Services Office on 01562 732928.


Postal proxy

If you have been appointed by an elector as their proxy then you can vote by post on their behalf.

This means that instead of going to vote at the elector's local polling station, you can ask us to send the ballot paper to your home address, or an address of your choice in the UK. You then post your vote back to us.

Ballot papers are usually posted out on the 10th and 5th working days before an election.

All ballot papers must reach us before polling stations close on election day - either at the Electoral Services Office or at a polling station in the electoral area. Ballot papers received after this time cannot be counted. If you have a postal proxy vote, you cannot change your mind and vote at the elector's polling station on election day.

If you have been appointed as a proxy you can apply to vote by post at any time.

There are deadlines for receipt of applications in respect of particular elections. These deadlines are set out in the Notice of Election. Copies of this Notice for forthcoming elections are displayed within the electoral area and at the Council's main offices.

All applications must be signed and dated by the applicant.

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