Can’t get to a polling station? Ask someone you trust to act as your proxy says Fenland District Council
If you can’t get to the polling station to cast your vote in the UK Parliamentary General Election, and haven’t applied for a postal vote, don’t worry – you can still have your say.
Maybe you’re on holiday or have medical issues that will prevent you from attending in person. If that’s the case you can get someone to vote for you, and tell them who to vote for – this is called a proxy vote.
It is important you ask someone you know and trust to act as your proxy. Your proxy does not have to be related to you. However, they can only be a proxy for close relatives and a total of two other people. They must be 18 or over, registered to vote, eligible to vote in this election and able to get to your polling station.
You will need to fill in a form. There are different forms available, depending on your reasons for a proxy vote. There are specific forms to fill out to vote by proxy if you want to vote by proxy at a specific election, if you’re away on an educational course, if you’re living
overseas, if you can’t vote in person due to work, if you can’t vote in person because of a disability and if you’re in the armed forces.
All the forms are available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/proxy-voting-application-forms
After completing the form, you’ll need to print it, sign it, and send it back to Fenland District Council, Electoral Registration Office, Fenland Hall, County Road, March, Cambridgeshire, PE15 8NQ.
If you’re changing or cancelling a proxy vote, your application must arrive at the electoral registration office by 5pm on Tuesday, November 26.
If you’re applying for a new proxy vote, your form needs to arrive by 5pm on Wednesday, December 4.
And if you’re not already registered to vote, you’ll need to do that by midnight on Tuesday, November 26.
Your proxy will receive a proxy poll card, letting them know when and where to vote on your behalf. They go along to your local polling station to cast your vote.
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