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Voting by proxy

Voting by proxy means that you can appoint someone else to vote on your behalf. Proxy voting is convenient if you are unable to get to your polling station on election day. Your proxy can either vote by post or vote at a polling station.

To apply for a proxy vote, both you and your proxy must be individually registered, must be able to vote in the type of election concerned and meet any of the following criteria:

you are unable to go to the Polling Station for one particular election e.g. if you are away on holiday you have physical condition that means you cannot go to the Polling Station on election day

  • your employment means you cannot go to Polling Station on election day your
  • attendance on an education course means you cannot go to the Polling Station on election day
  • you are a British citizen living overseas (Parliamentary and European Parliamentary only)
  • you are a crown servant or a member of Her Majesty's Armed Forces

Your proxy may not vote for more than two people unless they are a close relative of you.

You can apply for a proxy vote for one election, a specific period or permanently.

The deadline to receive applications to vote by proxy is 5pm on the sixth working day before polling day.

Emergency Proxy

In certain circumstances, it is possible to apply for an emergency proxy up until 5pm on election day. Circumstances arising after the deadline for ordinary proxy applications for which emergency proxies can be granted include:

  • medical illness
  • disability
  • employment

For more information contact Electoral Services on 01609 767130 or elecreg@hambleton.gov.uk