Changes to postal and proxy voting

Absent voting allows you to vote in an election if you are unable to vote in person at the polling station on the day. For example you might be on holiday or at work, or you might have a medical condition or disability which makes it difficult to attend the polling station. 

There are two types of absent voting: 

  • Postal voting – once a completed application has been submitted, a postal pack, which will include your ballot paper will be sent to you by post. You will be asked to complete your postal pack and return it in time to be included in the counting of votes.  
  • Proxy voting – you can appoint someone you to trust to vote on your behalf. Once appointed they will vote at the polling station at which you would normally vote at.   

Changes you’ll see

Postal votes

  • Postal voters must reapply to vote by post every three years. 
  • Political parties and campaigners will be banned from handling postal vote packs.  
  • There will be a limit on the number of postal vote packs that a person can hand in at a polling station. 

Proxy votes 

You will only be able to act as a proxy for up to two people living in the UK (or a maximum of four people, with two people living in the UK and two people registered as living overseas). 

More information

Read more about the different ways to vote and changes