How to vote if you're unable to go to a polling station on general election day

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If you're ill or for any reason can't vote in person, there is a way you can ask someone to vote on your behalf for the general election in 2024. A so-called proxy vote is only available in certain circumstances.

They include:

  • being away on polling day

  • being registered as an overseas voter

  • having a medical issue or disability

  • not being able to vote in person because of work or military service

Your proxy should be someone you trust to vote on your behalf and you’ll need to tell them which candidate you want them to vote for. The proxy vote is only valid for one election.

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What is the deadline to register for a proxy vote?

The deadline to register to vote for the general election 2024 is 11.59pm on June 18, 2024. To register for a proxy vote the deadline is 5pm on June 26, 2024. For a proxy vote by post the deadline is 5pm on June 19, 2024.

What if there's an emergency?

If the proxy vote deadline has passed you may be able to apply for an emergency proxy vote if:

  • you cannot vote in person because of a medical emergency or disability

  • you cannot vote in person because of your employment

  • the photo ID you were planning on using to vote has been lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed

  • you’ve not yet received a new or replacement photo ID you’ve ordered

In England, Scotland and Wales, you have until 5pm on the day of the election to apply but must fill in a paper form to:

That has to be sent to your local electoral registration office.

Who can be a proxy?

You can ask anyone to act as your proxy - as long as they:

  • are registered to vote

  • are allowed to vote in the type of election taking place

  • can vote in the polling station stated on your poll card

They’ll need to take their own photo ID with them to vote in some elections.

If they cannot get to your polling station, they will need to contact your local electoral registration office to arrange to cast their proxy vote by post. You can also cancel the proxy if you need to.

Where can I find out more?

The UK Government website has more information.