Postal and proxy voting

If you can't go to your Polling Station on election day, you can apply to vote by post or proxy (a proxy is someone who votes on your behalf).

Postal vote

You are welcome to apply for a postal vote if you are unable to go to your Polling Station on election day, or simply if you prefer to vote by post.

The deadline for receipt of postal vote applications is eleven working days before the day of an election.

Download a postal vote application form here

Proxy vote

You are welcome to apply for a proxy application form if you are unable to go to your Polling Station on Election day for reasons which satisfy the relevant criteria set out in the Regulations.

A proxy is someone who will go to the polling station and vote with your authority on your behalf. The person acting as the proxy voter must be eligible to vote in the election themselves in order to act on behalf of another person.

  • if you have a permanent physical incapacity, are registered blind or receive the higher rate of mobility component of the disability living allowance for a physical disability you are eligible for a permanent proxy vote. The form requires the declaration that the information is correct from a doctor, nurse or warden of a home.
  • if your work frequently takes you overseas
  • if you will be on holiday when the election is taking place
  • if you have moved house since you registered and are unable to go to your old polling station.
  • if you are working during all hours of voting, for example as a member of the election staff.

Contact the electoral services section if you wish to apply for a postal or proxy application form and further advice or clarification if necessary.

Download a proxy vote application from here

Related pages

Electoral registration

Electoral nominations

Election results 

Eligible nationalities

Useful links - Register to vote

Contact details

Electoral Services Office
Stevenage Borough Council
Daneshill House

01438 242213