From 31 October 2023, applications to vote by proxy will require you to provide your national insurance number in order to verify your identity.
One-off proxy vote
If an election is called and you are either:
- Unable to vote in person at your polling station
- Registered as an overseas elector
- Registered as a service voter
you can apply online to appoint someone you trust to vote on your behalf. Once appointed they will vote at the polling station at which you would normally vote at.
Someone can be your proxy if they are:
- 18 or over
- registered to vote
- able to get to your polling station on polling day
- eligible to vote in the election
Your proxy does not have to be related to you.
If you are unable to submit an application on the secure online government portal, you can either:
- Download, print and complete the form to vote by proxy at a particular election or referendum (PDF)
- Email the Electoral Services team to request a paper application form.
Return your completed paper form to us either:
- As a scanned attachment to an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please ensure that the image is of good quality and your signature is clear. Attachments should be sent in an acceptable file format (PDF, JPEG).
- or post it to us at Electoral Services, Wealden District Council, Vicarage Lane, Hailsham, BN27 2AX
Please note that you must print the form and provide your physical (“wet”) signature using black pen within the grey box in part 4 of the application before you return your form.
The deadline for making an application for a proxy vote for an election is 5pm, 6 working days before polling day.
If you have any questions regarding completing the proxy vote application form or voting by proxy, please email the Electoral Services team.
Permanent or long-term proxy vote
If you require a permanent or long term proxy vote, you will need to submit a paper application.
Use one of these forms if you won’t be able to go to the polling station for the foreseeable future, or a long period of time.
The form you need to complete depends on the reason why you need a proxy vote.
- You have a disability (PDF)
- You are away on an educational course (PDF)
- You are away for work (PDF)
- You are registered as an overseas voter (PDF)
- You work overseas for the British Council or as a Crown servant (PDF)
- You are serving overseas in the Armed Forces (PDF)
- You are registered as an anonymous elector (PDF)