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Apply to vote by proxy


Apply for a proxy vote if you are unable to go to your polling station on election day. By proxy means that you appoint someone you trust to vote on your behalf.

Applications to vote by proxy in the 2019 General Election have now closed. There are some circumstances where emergency applications may still be made - see below for further information.

You can apply to vote by proxy for a particular election, for a set period of time, or for all future elections and referendums.

Emergency proxy voting

Medical emergency

If you have a medical emergency six working days or less before the election, you can apply for an emergency proxy vote up until 5.00pm on polling day. Your application to vote by proxy must be supported by a doctor, registered state nurse, or Christian science practitioner, who must sign your application.

Download and complete  Icon for pdf Emergency disability proxy vote application form (PDF, 142.0kb) . Email completed forms to Electoral Services.

Employment reasons

If you are not able to attend the polling station in person for reasons relating to your job, and you only become aware of this after 5.00pm on the sixth working day before an election, you can apply to vote by emergency proxy up until 5.00pm on election day.

  • If you are self-employed, your application must be supported by a person aged 18 years or over who knows you and is not your spouse, civil partner, parent, grandparent, brother, sister, child or grandchild.
  • If you are a member of the armed forces, a Crown servant, a British Council employee or the spouse or civil partner of one of these, and you are registered as a service voter, you do not need support for your application.
  • If you are registered as an ordinary elector, you will need support from your employer or another authorised person at your workplace.

Download and complete  Icon for pdf Emergency employment proxy vote application form (PDF, 130.9kb) . Email completed forms to Electoral Services.

Contact us
Electoral Services
03000 261 212
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UL
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