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If you are unable to go to the polling station on the day of an election or referendum you can apply to vote by proxy. 

This means you choose someone you trust to vote on your behalf. They can do this at the polling station or by post.

Both you and your proxy must be on the electoral register, be 18 or over and entitled to vote at the election you are appointing them for.

Your proxy cannot vote on behalf of more than 2 people.

Apply to vote by proxy

If you are applying for a one-off proxy vote you can apply online on the GOV.UK website.

Alternatively you can download an application form from the Electoral Commission website.

You will be asked for your National Insurance number.

If you need help with your application, contact us on 01454 863030.

Currently you cannot apply online for a permanent proxy vote. Use the forms on the Electoral Commission website.

You must give a reason why you require a permanent proxy.  You may also need to provide relevant evidence to back this up.  

Send your completed application form to electoral.services@southglos.gov.uk  or post it to:

Electoral Registration and Returning Officer
South Gloucestershire Council
PO Box 1953
Bristol
BS37 0DB

The deadline for applications is 5pm, 6 working days before the polling day.  

Emergency proxy 

If an emergency means you cannot get to the polling station on an election day you may be able to apply for an emergency proxy (Electoral Commission website).

Voter ID

Since 4 May 2023 all voters, including proxy voters, need to show photo ID at polling stations before they are given a ballot paper. Find more information on our Voter ID page.

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