You can get someone else to vote on your behalf (a proxy) if you cannot go to the polling station in person. You and your proxy must both be registered to vote in the UK before you can apply.

Apply for a proxy vote

Apply online:

Apply for a proxy vote on GOV.UK

You'll need:

  • your National Insurance number to prove your identity
  • 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.

You can also download and fill in a proxy voting application form. You will need to hand sign the application form and send it back to us via post. Alternatively, you can scan the form and email it to

Visit the Electoral Commission website for more information about proxy voting and to apply.

Limits on proxy votes

There are limits to how many people a voter can act as a proxy for. This means you can only act as a proxy for two people living in the UK. If you act as a proxy for people living overseas, you can act as proxy for up to four people, but only two of these can be based in the UK.

Voting by proxy video