Unable to vote in person
If you are unable to get to the polling station on election day you can apply for a postal or proxy vote.
You are now required to provide your date of birth and signature on the application form.
If you wish to cancel your postal or proxy vote you must inform the electoral services office in writing.
Your ballot paper will be sent to you at your home or another specified address before an election. You no longer need to give a reason to vote by post. You can apply for a postal vote for an indefinite period or a particular election.
Ballot papers can be sent to addresses in the UK and overseas, and will be despatched around 10 days before polling day. Your ballot paper must reach us before polling stations close on election day to be counted. If you are overseas and wish to vote by post we suggest you apply as early as possible in order to allow for international postal schedules. If you are applying late it may be better to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf.
Postal votes can be sent to or handed in at the Electoral Services Office, Ruislip Road, Greenford, UB6 9QN or at any polling station within the electoral area on election day.
You can apply for someone to vote for you, this person is called a 'proxy'. A reason must be given why you cannot vote in person.
You can apply to vote by proxy for an indefinite period or a particular election.
To vote by proxy for an indefinite period you must always give a reason, such as disability or employment, and your application may need to be supported by your doctor or employer. To vote by proxy in a particular election you cannot apply until after the election has been announced. You must give a reason but you do not need anyone to support your application.
Closing dates for postal and proxy applications
The application form for postal votes must be returned by 5pm on the eleventh working day before the election. The application form for proxy votes by 5pm on the sixth working day before the election. (working days do not include weekends, bank holidays, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)