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Proxy voting

Find out how to apply for a proxy vote If you want or need someone to vote for you, including in an emergency.

A proxy is someone who votes for you. They must vote for you at your designated polling station. The proxy must be registered to vote and also eligible to vote at the election. 

Apply to be someone's proxy voter

You can be a proxy voter for a maximum of two people living in the UK and two people registered as living overseas.


Voters can apply online for some types of proxy vote. Your identity will be checked using your National Insurance number. You will need to bring your photo ID with you to vote at a polling station for someone else.

You cannot apply online if your application needs attesting or if you are applying for an emergency proxy vote.

Fill in the online application form on GOV.UK.

Apply online

Paper form

You can download the application form you need from GOV.UK, fill it in and scan and email it to:

Emergency proxy

If needed, you may be able to appoint an emergency proxy to vote for you.

Download the emergency proxy form you need from GOV.UK.

You can call Election Services on 020 7527 3110 if you have any questions about applying for an emergency proxy.

You can apply by post or hand:

Electoral Services
Town Hall
Upper Street
N1 2UD

When an emergency proxy is allowed

An emergency proxy is allowed only because of something that you weren't aware of before the normal proxy vote deadline. For example:

  • a medical emergency
  • suddenly away for work (this was not booked beforehand)
  • because of Covid-19. The form can also be used to change your nominated proxy if they cannot vote in person for you because of Covid-19.

These applications can be made up to 5pm on polling day.

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