From 31 October 2023, applications to vote by proxy changed and new applications now require the addition of a National Insurance number. This is due to a change to electoral law, which requires you to verify your identity when applying to vote by proxy.
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).
You can apply for a long term proxy vote if:
- The deadline for making an application for a proxy vote is 5pm, six working days before polling day. However, if you are already registered to vote by post, the deadline to change from a postal vote to a proxy vote is 5pm, 11 working days before polling day.
- The person you appoint, is eligible and registered to vote.
- You have a disability;
- You are away from home due to education or employment, a Crown Servant, serving in the armed services or an anonymous elector.
An elector is only 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).
Apply for a proxy vote
Download and complete a proxy vote application form and return a scanned copy to email@example.com or return via post to Electoral Services, Council Offices, The Burys, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 1HR
Full details are included on the application form, but if you are still unsure please contact the Electoral Services team via email firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone on 01483 523116.