Ways to vote including post and proxy voting

Voting in person at a polling station

The traditional way to vote in the UK is to go to your designated polling station and vote in person. If you lose the poll card or forget to take it with you to the polling station, then you can still vote, provided your name is on the register.

Voting by post

Postal voting means receiving your ballot paper in the post prior to election day. Applications can be made for a single election, for a specified period or permanently. The deadline to receive a completed application form or make changes to an existing postal vote is 5pm on the eleventh working day before an election but you can apply for one at any time.

Your application will only be accepted if you are registered under the new voting system that was introduced in June 2014.  Please check with electoral services on 01784 444218 to ensure you are eligible. If your application is successful you will be sent a confirmation letter.

Apply for a postal vote

Voting by proxy

Proxy voting means appointing someone you trust to go to your polling station and vote on your behalf. Applications for a proxy vote for a particular election cannot be made until an election has been announced and you must state a reason (ie on holiday). If you require a proxy for any other reason please contact the Elections team. The deadline to receive a completed application form or make changes to an existing postal vote is 5pm on the sixth working day before an election but you can apply for one at any time. If your application is successful you will be sent a confirmation letter.

What if I have a disability?

We provide a device called a 'selector', which enables blind or partially sighted people to vote unaided and ramps allowing easy access to polling stations. However, we review our polling stations on a regular basis to ensure that they have got access for all sections of the community. Our staff are always happy to help you or you can bring a companion with you to assist. If you have any feedback on the facilities we provide please email the Elections Manager.

Power of Attorney

You cannot sign any application forms or vote in person on behalf of another elector even if you have Power of Attorney.