A proxy vote allows you to name someone to cast your vote for you (like a relative or close friend). You can apply for a proxy vote as long as you are on the electoral register and have the right to vote in that specific election.
As a proxy, you will either have to either attend the polling station of the person you are voting for, or apply to vote by post, as the proxy. Around election time there are strict deadlines around this.
When you apply you have to provide a reason – such as if you are away on holiday or in hospital.
If you want a proxy vote for more than one election, you must have one of the following reasons.
In all the above cases, except if you are registered blind, someone has to sign your application and say it is true, like your employer or doctor. After you have applied:
The deadline to vote by proxy in a specific election is 5pm, six working days before the election.
If you wish to change from a postal vote to a proxy vote, or the apply to vote by postal proxy, the deadline is 5pm, eleven working days before the election.