The Facts

Your Vote Matters – Don’t Lose It!

1. The deadline to apply to vote by proxy at the UK general election on Thursday 12 Dec is 5pm on Wednesday 04 Dec. In England, Scotland or Wales, you will need to download and complete a form to apply to vote by proxy. In Northern Ireland, you have to download a different form which you can access here.

2. After completing the form you’ll need to print it, sign it, and send it back to your local electoral registration office. Please check with your local electoral registration office whether you are allowed to scan the completed form to them as this would be much quicker than sending it by post given the time constraints.  You can download the overseas proxy form here Download the form for a proxy vote as you’re living overseas (PDF)

3. When you apply for a proxy vote you must provide a reason. You can apply for a proxy vote if you are a British citizen living overseas. There are other reasons which allow you to apply for a proxy vote and you can find those details online at

4. The person you wish to appoint as your proxy can only act as proxy if they are 18 (16 in Scotland) and are registered to vote. A person cannot be a proxy for more than two people at any one election or referendum, unless they are a close relative.

5. Your proxy must go to your local polling place to vote. Your proxy will be sent a proxy poll card, telling them where and when to vote. You must let your proxy know how you want them to vote on your behalf, for example, for which candidate or party.

6.  If your proxy cannot get to the polling place, they can apply to vote for you by post. They can apply to do this up to 5pm, 11 working days before election day.

7. Your electoral registration office can give you more details about this.
It’s very simple to vote as someone’s proxy. You will be sent a special proxy poll card with details of where you should go to vote. Just tell the staff at the polling station that you are voting as a proxy and they will tell you what to do. Don’t forget to take your proxy poll card – this will make it easier for polling place staff to find the right ballot paper.

8. It would be helpful for information purposes if you could spare a few moments to let us know the following: a) which constituency you were voting in; b) describe your experience with registering, applying for postal vote or applying for proxy vote and c) was there anything that made the process difficult to do? If you could let us know by email to we would be very grateful.

9. A Facebook group specifically for Remain proxy voters has been established. If you are considering voting by proxy, which we highly recommend, please join and they will find a match for you in your constituency. Click here to join the group Remain Proxy Voters.

You can read the full form below

You can download the official
Overseas Proxy Vote Application

Proxy Vote