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Apply for a postal or proxy vote

If you cannot go to the polling station on the day of the election you can apply to vote by post.  Anyone can apply for a postal vote – you do not need a reason.

Alternatively, you can apply for a proxy vote, which means you appoint someone to vote on your behalf.

You can download a postal vote application form or a proxy vote application form for a single election by clicking on the relevant link below or you can contact us to request a form. When you fill in your application form make sure you complete all sections of the form and supply your date of birth and signature.

If you do not complete all sections of the form we may need to send it back to you and this will delay the application process.

The deadline to return postal vote applications is normally 11 working days before an election.  If you are given a postal vote, you will not be entitled to vote in person at your polling station.

The deadline for new applications to vote by proxy is 5.00pm on the sixth working day before the election. However, in the case of a medical or work emergency arising after the deadline for an ordinary proxy application, the closing date is 5.00pm on election day.

Download an application form to vote by post 

Download a proxy vote application form for one election

You can scan and email your completed application form to electoral.services@southglos.gov.uk.  Alternatively you can post your completed form to: Electoral Registration and Returning Officer, South Gloucestershire Council, PO Box 1953, Bristol, BS37 0DB

Postal votes can be sent to your home address or to any other address where you will be staying on the day of the election.  Postal voting packs can be sent to addresses abroad, but we cannot guarantee there will be sufficient time for you to send these back before the election, particularly if the address is outside Europe. In this case, you may want to consider appointing a proxy to vote on your behalf.

Further information about proxy voting including permanent and emergency applications can be found on our proxy voting page.

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