Voting by Proxy

Voting by proxy is a convenient way of voting if you are unable to get to the polling station. By proxy just means that you appoint someone you trust to vote on your behalf.

To vote by proxy, you’ll need to fill in an application form, available on this web page or from the Elections office at the address below.

You need to sign your application form because the electoral registration office needs a copy of your signature for voting security reasons.

Can I apply for a proxy vote?

You can apply for a proxy vote as long as you are (or are applying to be) registered individually. You will need to complete a form to vote by proxy. There are different forms depending on the reason that you need a proxy vote. See Related Content.

When can I apply to vote by proxy?

The deadline for applying to vote by proxy is normally 5pm 6 working days before an election. However, if you have a medical emergency occurring after this deadline, or if  you are unable to attend the polling station in person for reasons relating to your occupation, service or employment, and you only become aware of this after 5pm on the sixth working day before an election, you can apply to vote by emergency proxy (someone else voting on your behalf). You can apply up until 5pm on election day. Please see the relevant application form in Related Content below or contact the Elections Office for further advice or information.

Who can vote on my behalf?

The person you wish to appoint as your proxy can only act as proxy if they are 18 and are (or are applying to be) registered individually. In addition a person cannot be a proxy for more than two people at any one election or referendum, unless they are a close relative.

Elections Office
Council Offices
South Street
Rochford
Essex
SS4 1BW
Tel: 01702 318187

email: using this form