How to Vote

Vote by Proxy

You can apply for a proxy if:

  • You are unable to go to the polling station.
  • You are British citizen living overseas.
  • Your employment means you cannot go the polling station on polling day.
  • You are a member of the armed forces.
  • You have a physical condition that means you cannot go to the polling station on polling day.

This means that you can appoint someone (aged 18 or older) to vote on your behalf.

You will only be able to act as a proxy for up to 2 people living in the UK (or a maximum of 4 people, with 2 people living in the UK and 2 people registered as living overseas).

How to apply for a proxy vote

The best way to apply for a proxy vote is online.  A national insurance number or other proof of identity is needed, the address where your proxy is registered to vote, contact details for your proxy, and a photo of your handwritten signature.

If you wish to apply online, please visit - Apply for a proxy vote - GOV.UK (

Voters can still apply for a proxy vote by printing off the relevant application form which can then be sent to the Electoral Services Team, Council Offices, Church Walk, Clitheroe BB7 2RA.

To vote by proxy you must complete one of the following forms:

On the application form you must state why you cannot attend your polling station in person and who you wish to appoint as your proxy. If you wish to apply for an indefinite proxy you will also need to get someone to attest your form such as your employer, lecturer or medical professional. Once you have completed an application form your details will be entered on a list of proxy voters and an acknowledgement letter will be sent to you and your proxy.

If you are going away on holiday or you will not be at home on election day, you can appoint a proxy for that election, this does not need to be attested but you must give a reason.

If you are suddenly taken ill you can apply for an emergency proxy vote up until 5.00pm on polling day, again this will have to be attested by a medical professional.

The person who you have appointed to be your proxy will be sent a letter which they will take to the polling station. Your proxy will then be issued with your ballot paper which they mark in secret in a polling booth.

Further information can also be found on the Electoral Commission website: