Postal and proxy voting
You no longer have to have a reason to vote by post. If you decide that you do not want to go to the polling station at the time of an election your ballot paper can be sent to you at home or to an address of your choice.
You must complete an application , which requires your date of birth and personal signature. You will need to tell us how long you want this postal vote for.
Ballot papers can also be sent out of the country, however, they will only be sent out one or two weeks before an election. Therefore, in order to ensure your vote is counted you may prefer to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf.
It should also be noted that postal votes must be returned by the close of polling hours on the day of an election to be included in the count. Any received after that time will not be included.
You can apply for someone to vote on your behalf. This person is called a 'proxy'.
You will have to give a reason why you cannot vote in person, such as disability or employment and your application may need to be supported by your doctor or employer.
If you are a student the rules have been changed to allow you to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf.
You can either contact the Electoral Services team or follow this link to download an application .