Manchester City Council

The Council & democracy Vote by proxy

Voting by proxy means that you can appoint someone else to vote on your behalf. Your proxy can either vote by post or vote at a polling station, but the polling station they will vote at can only be the polling station you would have had to vote at yourself.

Your chosen proxy must also be eligible to be vote in the election they are voting on your behalf in and can be a proxy for 2 people at the same election, or more if the extra people are close relatives.

The deadline for applications to vote by proxy is by 5pm, six working days before polling day.

You may need to vote by proxy because:

  • you are unable to go to the polling station for one particular election eg if you are away on holiday
  • you have physical condition that means you cannot go to the polling station on election day
  • your job means you cannot go to polling station on election day
  • your attendance on an education course means you cannot go to the polling station on election day
  • you are a British citizen living overseas (Parliamentary and European Parliamentary only)
  • you are a crown servant or a member of the armed forces

Please ensure that you complete the correct form when applying to vote by proxy.

Some of the above reasons to appoint a proxy may need to be supported in your application, so it is important that you read all of the application form to ensure that it is completed correctly.

Your completed application form can then be sent to us by post to: Electoral Services Unit, Manchester City Council, Lawton Street, Openshaw, Manchester, M11 2EZ. By hand to: Customer Service Centre, Manchester  or by email to: esu@manchester.gov.uk

The deadline for applications to vote by proxy is by 5pm, six working days before polling day.

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