Register to vote

Ways to Vote

If you can’t attend your allocated polling place to vote on the day of any election or referendum, you can apply to vote by post or proxy.

To vote by post

  • Applying for a postal vote is simple, you can request a postal vote just because you want to, no reason needs to be given. Your ballot paper(s) will be sent to you by post, prior to an election or referendum.
  • You will not be able to vote at a polling station. However it is possible to hand your completed postal pack into a polling station within our area if you are unable to post it in time.
  • Note that the Ballot Paper(s) will not be issued immediately on receipt of your application and may be sent to you less than a week before an event.
  • Apply to vote by post 

To vote by proxy

  • If you cannot vote in person, you can appoint someone you trust to cast your vote for you, either in person at your allocated polling place, or by post if they apply for a postal vote to vote on your behalf.
  • Anyone can be your proxy as long as they are eligible to vote in the election and are willing to vote on your behalf.
  • You have to provide a reason for needing a proxy vote. For example:
    • on the grounds of incapacity, work reasons or educational absence; or
    • on a one-off basis for a particular election if you are unable to attend your polling station (e.g. away on holiday on the day of the election).
  • Apply to vote by proxy