Birmingham City Council

Elections Office: Proxy Voting (Someone voting on your behalf)

If you are unable to vote in person on polling day, it is possible to appoint someone to go to your polling station and vote on your behalf


The person appointed as proxy should be someone you trust, as they will be casting your vote for you. Anyone may be appointed to act as your proxy, providing they are over 18 and eligible to vote in UK Elections.


A person is not entitled to vote as proxy in any constituency or electoral area on behalf of more than two electors, except where they are a close relative (which is defined as being the spouse, civil partner, parent, grandparent, brother, sister, child or grandchild of the electors). There is no limit to the number of these close relatives that a proxy may vote on behalf of.


All application forms to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf are available to download on this page. There are different options available involving different criteria. One you have decided which is the most suitable for your circumstances, you should print out the form, complete it and return it immediately to the Elections Office.


All electors applying for a proxy vote must provide their date of birth and signature in the boxes provided. Any forms which have not been fully completed will be rejected and returned for clarification.


For One Election Only - Open to All

Proxy voting is available to anyone who is unable to attend their polling station on polling day. It is possible for anyone to apply for a proxy vote at a particular election, as long as they provide a reason why they are not able to vote in person themselves on the day of the election.


This form is for one Election Day only, and should only be completed once the date of an election is known.


One Off Proxy Application Form

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Long Term/Permanent Proxy - Specific Circumstances Only

Registered Blind Proxy Application Form

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Physical Incapacity Proxy Application Form

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Employment Reasons Proxy Application Form

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Attendance at Course Proxy Application Form

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Medical Emergency

If an elector becomes incapacitated after the deadline to apply for a proxy vote, and they are unable to attend the polling station as a result, then it is possible to get an emergency proxy. These must be attested by a registered medical practitioner and must confirm that the incapacity occurred after the deadline to apply for a proxy vote.

Medical Emergency Proxy Application Form

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Postal Proxy Voting

This is where the appointed proxy is unable to attend your polling station in person, and can therefore apply to have your ballot papers sent to them by post. In this case the application must be made by the proxy themselves, only after they have been appointed.


On the Postal Proxy application form, it is the proxy who must provide their date of birth and signature, rather than the elector (who has already provided theirs on the original proxy application form).


It is important to remember that although the deadline to appoint a proxy is 5pm 6 working days before polling day, when the proxy wishes to apply for a postal vote, the deadline becomes 5pm 11 working days prior to polling day.


Postal Proxy Application Form

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