Please read the information below before completing and
submitting your application form.
What is proxy voting?
Proxy voting enables you to appoint a person to vote on your
behalf. The appointed person can vote on your behalf in
two ways; by going to the polling station allocated to
you (the elector) or voting by post (known as "postal
Who can apply for a proxy vote?
To apply for a proxy vote you have to be registered to
On what grounds can you apply for a proxy
Proxy voting is not on demand and therefore a reason must be
given as to why an elector needs to appoint a proxy.
You can have a proxy vote if you are registered blind, if you
receive certain benefits (e.g. the higher rate of Disability Living
Allowance), or there are circumstances resulting in you being
unable to go to the polling station at a particular election (e.g.
you will be on holiday at the time of the election).
You can also have a proxy vote for the following reasons, which
are usually long term and generally require attestation:
Physical disability or incapacity; the
application must be supported by a registered medical practitioner,
registered nurse or Christian Science practitioner providing that
the person is giving you care or treatment. If you are in a
residential home or sheltered housing, then the head of the home or
warden can support your application.
Employment, occupation or service; the
application must be supported by your employer or, if you are
self-employed, by someone who is 18 years or over who knows, and
can confirm, your circumstances and is not related to you.
Who can I appoint as my proxy?
The person you appoint as your proxy must be registered as an
elector and eligible to vote in the type of election
concerned. They must also have agreed to this
A proxy may not vote at the same election for more
than two people unless they are a close relative (husband, wife,
parent, grandparent, brother, sister or grandchild) of the people
they are voting for.
What is the deadline for applying
for a proxy vote?
In an election period, proxy vote applications must have been
received by the sixth working day before the date of the election
(or poll) if they are intended to be in place for that
How do I apply to appoint
Please use the link at the top of this webpage to generate
a Proxy Application Form. Alternatively you can
contact the Electoral Registration Team by telephone on 01234
276916 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org to
obtain an application form.
Remember, completed application forms need to be printed and
signed and may need to be supported by another person if the
proxy is needed for more than one election. Your
application form can then be:
- scanned and e-mailed to email@example.com
- posted to Electoral Registration, Democratic and Registration
Services Group, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK 42 9AP
- delivered to Borough Hall (address above) or Bedford Borough
Council Customer Service Centre, Horne Lane, Bedford MK40 1RA.