An absent vote can be either a postal vote or proxy vote.
To apply for an absent vote you must be registered to vote.
There are statutory deadlines for processing absent vote applications prior to elections and referendums. To ensure your absent vote is in place you should notify the Electoral Registration Office when the date of an election/referendum is known and you become aware that you are unable to attend in person.
Please note that all applications must be signed by the applicant and contain their date of birth. If you are unable to sign your application or require any assistance please contact us for further information.
If you are unable or would prefer not to attend the polling station on election day then you can apply for a postal vote. You will be issued with a postal ballot pack prior to the election.
Please note, this may not be issued until four days prior to an election depending on when your application is received. You must provide your date of birth and signature on your application, these are used to verify your vote when your postal ballot pack is returned.
Your completed postal ballot pack must be received by the day of the election, please ensure you have allowed enough time for this when returning by post.
Forms are provided on the link at the side of this page and can be returned by the following methods.
A proxy vote can be obtained when you are unable to attend the polling station on election day and you nominate someone to vote on your behalf at your designated polling station.
When you apply for a proxy vote you must provide a reason. You can apply for a proxy vote if:
Not everyone can act as a proxy. Your nominated proxy must be:
Forms can be downloaded or if you require an application to be sent by post click here and provide your name and address.
Where a postal or proxy vote is not suitable you can apply for a postal proxy vote. This is when someone completes a postal vote application on your behalf.
The process for applying for this type of vote involves applications to be completed by both the elector and nominated proxy. Please contact us if you think you may require this type of vote.
If you are resident outside the UK and you are applying to vote by post prior to an election you will need to check the key election dates which will detail the issue dates for postal ballot packs.
Please ensure you will be able to receive and return your application and your postal ballot pack by the day of the election.
If the dates are not suitable you may want to apply for a proxy or a postal proxy to vote on your behalf.