The Council and democracy Vote by proxy

Voting by proxy means that you appoint someone else to vote on your behalf. Your proxy can either vote by post or at a polling station, but:

  • they must be registered to vote at the same polling station as you
  • they must be eligible to vote in the election they are voting on your behalf in
  • they can be a proxy for 2 people at the same election, or more if the extra people are close relatives.

Download a form

You may need to vote by proxy because:

  • you are unable to go to the polling station to vote eg if you are away on holiday
  • you have a 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

You must complete the correct form when applying to vote by proxy; some of the 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.

Email your completed form - with any attachments - to esu@manchester.gov.uk

You can post your completed form to us, but - in line with Covid19 guidance - our team is currently working from home, so it's better if you email if you can. If email isn't an option you can post your completed form to:

Electoral Services Unit, Manchester City Council, Lawton Street, Openshaw, Manchester, M11 2EZ

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

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