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Apply for a Postal or Proxy Vote

If you’re unable to vote in person you can ask someone to vote on your behalf. This is called a proxy vote.

You can only apply for a proxy vote under certain circumstances, including:

  • being away on polling day
  • having a medical issue or disability
  • not being able to vote in person because of work or military service.

Your proxy should be someone you trust to vote on your behalf. You’ll need to tell them which candidate (or referendum outcome) you want to vote for. Your proxy must also be registered to vote in the UK.

You must apply by 5pm, 6 working days before election day.

How to apply

An online system launched on 31 October 2023 which allows you to apply for an absent vote online.

You’ll need:

  • your National Insurance number or any other identity document, for example a birth certificate
  • the address where your proxy is registered to vote
  • contact details for your proxy
  • you’ll also need to upload a photo of your handwritten signature in black ink on plain white paper
  • if you cannot provide a signature or one that always looks the same, you may be able to apply for a proxy vote signature waiver within the service.

Apply for a proxy vote online

Alternatively, you can download and fill in the appropriate proxy vote application form. You can email your completed application to elections@telford.gov.uk or post it to:

Electoral Services
Darby House
Telford & Wrekin Council
Lawn Central

If you require a proxy vote application form to be sent by post, please email: elections@telford.gov.uk or call: 01952 383206

In addition to the new online proxy vote applications, the UK government is making further changes to proxy voting.

Visit the Electoral Commissions website for more information on changes to proxy voting.

Last updated: 07/11/2023 10:54

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