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Absent voting - postal or proxy

Apply for a postal vote

If your name appears on the electoral register, you can apply to vote by post at any time, for a specific election or for all elections.

Download a postal vote application form, complete and return a scanned copy to: electoralservices@waverley.gov.uk or return via post to Electoral Services, Council Offices, The Burys, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 1HR

Apply for a postal vote

A few points to bear in mind about postal voting

  • When your postal ballot paper has been issued, you will not be able to vote at the polling station.
  • You must return your postal ballot paper(s) by 10pm on polling day. If received after this time, your vote won't be counted.
  • If you move or change your name you will need to complete a new postal vote application form.

Apply for a proxy vote

If your name appears on the electoral register and you can’t vote yourself, you can appoint a proxy (someone to vote on your behalf).

To apply for a proxy vote:

  • The person you appoint, must be eligible and registered to vote.
  • You can apply for a single election or referendum.
  • If you have a disability;
  • If you are away from home due to education or employment, an Overseas Voter, a Crown Servant or serving in the armed services, you can apply for a long-term proxy.
  • A person cannot be a proxy for more than two people at any one election or referendum, unless they are a close relative

Download and complete a proxy vote application form and return a scanned copy to electoralservices@waverley.gov.uk or return via post to Electoral Services, Council Offices, The Burys, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 1HR

Apply for a proxy vote

Full details are included on the application form, but if you are still unsure please contact the Electoral Services team via email electoralservices@waverley.gov.uk or via phone on 01483 523116.

Emergency proxy vote

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

This must be something that you weren't aware of before the normal proxy vote deadline.

These applications can be made up to 5pm on polling day.