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Vote by proxy

How to apply

If you are unable to go to the polling station on the day of the election or referendum, you can apply to vote by proxy.  A proxy is someone you trust who you appoint to go to your polling station and who votes on your behalf.

A person can only be a proxy for close relatives and up to two other people. Close relatives are the spouse, civil partner, parent, grandparent, brother, sister, child or grandchild of the applicant.  The person who you appoint as your proxy can only act as a proxy if they are aged 18 or over and they are registered individually to vote.

You can apply for a proxy vote for one election if you already know the date of the election.  You can download an application form at the link below:

If you wish to vote by proxy for all future elections you must give a reason why you require a permanent proxy.  You will also need to provide relevant evidence to back this up.

You can scan and email your completed proxy application to:

Alternatively you can post your application to:

Electoral Registration and Returning Officer, South Gloucestershire Council, PO Box 1953, Bristol, BS37 0DB

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.  Emergency proxy application forms can be downloaded using the links below:


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