The proxy vote ensures people who cannot attend a polling station (usually for reasons of ill-health or employment) on election day can vote. Proxy voters nominate another person who will vote on their behalf. The proxy must be eligible to vote in the election themselves act on behalf of another person.
Proxy votes are available for one election (temporary) or all future elections (permanent). All forms require a signature to prevent fraud. If you are unable to sign due to a disability, illness, unable to sign consistently or distinctively or you are unable to read or write then please contact Electoral Services for assistance.
How to Apply for a Proxy Vote
You can apply for a proxy vote as long as you are individually registered to vote. When you apply you must provide a reason. You can apply for a proxy vote if:
- You are unable to go to the polling station for one particular election, for example, if you are away on holiday
- You have a physical condition that means you cannot go to the polling station on election day
- Your employment means that you cannot go to the polling station on election day
- Your attendance on an educational course means that you cannot go to the polling station on election day
- You are a British citizen living overseas
- You are a crown servant or a member of Her Majesty's Armed Forces
If electors are registered blind, they may ask someone to support their application to confirm that their reason for applying to vote by proxy is valid.
Anyone can be your proxy as long as they are individually registered and eligible to vote in UK elections. The proxy must be eligible to vote in the election for which they have been appointed as a proxy. The proxy must be willing to vote on your behalf and cannot act as a Proxy for more than two other electors.
Please complete the application form(s) at the bottom of this page and return it to the Council either by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by post to Electoral Services, Oadby & Wigston Borough Council, Station Road, Wigston, Leicestershire, LE18 2DR.
Proxy Voting at the Polling Station
- Your proxy must go to your polling station to vote. They must bring an acceptable form of photo ID for themselves.
- If your proxy cannot get to the polling station, they can apply to vote for you by post
- Your proxy will be sent a proxy poll card before the election telling them which polling station they have to go to
- You must let your proxy know how you want them to vote on your behalf
- If you can go to the polling station on election day, you can still vote provided your proxy has not already done so or has not applied to vote by post
Emergency Proxy Vote
It is now possible to apply for an emergency proxy up to 5:00 pm on polling day, on the grounds of a medical emergency, where an elector has been unexpectedly called away because of their employment or service, or short-notice issues with providing an accepted form of photo ID.
- Application to Vote by Proxy (PDF Document, 195.55 Kb)
Last updated: Thursday, 6 April 2023 3:52 pm