Applying to vote by proxy 

If you prefer not to go to the polling station on polling day, you can apply to vote by proxy. A proxy is someone you trust who goes to your polling station and votes on your behalf.

A person can only be a proxy for close relatives and up to two other people. Close relatives are the spouse, civil partner, parent, grandparent, brother, sister, child or grandchild of the applicant. The person you wish to appoint as your proxy can only act as proxy if they are 18 or over and they are registered individually.

Download an Application to vote by proxy at a particular election

Please return your completed application form to:

Electoral Registration Office, Bath & North East Somerset Council, Guildhall, High Street, Bath BA1 5AW

Alternatively, you can scan your completed application form and email it to

The deadline for new applications to vote by proxy is five working days before an election.

However, in the case of a work related or medical emergency (including self-isolation due to COVID-19) arising after the ordinary deadline, the closing date is 5pm on polling day.

Download an Application to vote by emergency proxy (medical emergency)

Download an Application to vote by emergency proxy (work related emergency)

What happens next?

  • Your proxy must go to your local polling station to vote. If your proxy cannot get to the polling station, they can apply to vote for you by post. They should contact us for more details.
  • Your proxy will be sent a proxy poll card, telling them where and when to vote on your behalf.
  • You should let your proxy know how you want them to vote on your behalf, for example which candidate or party.
  • If it turns out that you are able to go to the polling station on the day of the election/referendum, you can vote in person as long as your proxy has not already done so or has not applied to vote for you by post.

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