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Apply to vote by proxy

If you are unable to get to your polling station on election day you can apply for a proxy vote, as long as you are registered to vote. A proxy vote means asking another person to go to your polling station on your behalf. When you apply for a proxy vote you have to provide a reason.

Can I apply for a proxy vote?

You can apply for a proxy vote if:

  • You are away on holiday
  • You have a disability or a medical reason
  • Your employment means that you cannot go to the polling station on election day
  • Your attendance on an educational course
  • You are a British citizen living overseas
  • You are a crown servant or a member of Her Majesty's Armed Forces

When can I apply to vote by proxy?

The deadline for applying to vote by proxy is six working days before an election. If you have a medical emergency within six days of an election day, you can apply to vote by emergency proxy.

Who can vote on my behalf?

Anyone can be your proxy as long as they are registered to vote in UK elections and they are willing to vote on your behalf.

A proxy voter cannot do so for more than two people at any one election, unless they are a close relative.

If you have any questions or would like an application form to vote by proxy, please contact the Electoral Services staff using the contact details below; alternatively you can download a blank  proxy vote application form (PDF) [660KB] (opens new window)

Can I apply for an emergency proxy vote?

In certain circumstances, where you have an emergency that means you cannot vote in person, you can apply for an emergency proxy vote.

This must be something that you were not aware of before the normal proxy deadline.


Electoral Services contact details
Telephone:01744 676464 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
Write to us:St Helens Borough Council, Electoral Services, First Floor, Town Hall, Victoria Square, St Helens, WA10 1HP