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Postal and proxy votes


Deadlines for receipt of absent vote applications for the local elections being held on Thursday 4 May 2023 are:

  • Postal vote application forms – Tuesday 18 April 2023 at 5pm
  • Application to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf – Tuesday 25 April 2023 at 5pm

Postal votes

Voting by post

Anyone on the electoral register whose details have been confirmed through the Individual Electoral Registration process can apply to vote by post. You can arrange to have a postal vote for a particular election, for a set period or for an indefinite period. Postal votes can also be sent to an alternative address if there is a good reason. You don't need to show approved Photo ID if you have a postal vote.

How the postal vote system works

If you apply to vote by post, you will not be able to vote in person at that election. Instead, you will be sent a postal vote pack shortly before polling day. Please read the instructions in the pack carefully before completing your postal ballot paper.

As part of the process, you will need to complete a postal voting statement which is a security measure. It won't affect your vote or mean it can be identified. Postal votes should be completed and returned as soon as possible, The Returning Officer must receive your vote by 10pm on polling day. If it's received after this time, your vote will not be counted.

If you have applied for a postal vote you will receive a postal poll card in advance to confirm the address to which the postal vote pack will be sent. This will also tell you when to expect your postal vote pack to arrive.

How to complete your postal vote

Proxy votes

Appointing a proxy

Electors who are unable to attend their polling station in person on polling day can appoint a proxy to cast their vote on their behalf. Both the elector and their proxy must be on the electoral register and have had their details confirmed through the Individual Electoral Registration process. When going to vote at the polling station, the proxy must show their own approved Photo ID.

The requirements for proxy voting are more stringent for those wishing to appoint a proxy for more than one election, for example, if you are blind, seriously ill, disabled or your work/educational course regularly takes you away from home. If you would like to discuss this further, please contact the Electoral Registration Office on 01277 312708.

The legislation also makes provision for emergency proxy votes to be issued in certain special circumstances. If you think this may apply to you, please contact the Electoral Registration Office on 01277 312708 for further information.