How to apply for, change and renew your proxy vote or apply for an emergency proxy.

The deadline to apply for a proxy vote for the General election on Thursday 4 July 2024 is 5pm on Wednesday 26 June 2024.

Proxy voting is when you get someone else to vote on your behalf if you can't get to your polling station on polling day.

A proxy can either vote on your behalf at your polling station in Bristol or by post.  If they want to vote by post they'll have to have a postal proxy. 

Who can apply for a proxy vote

To apply for a proxy vote, both you and your proxy must be registered to vote.

Your proxy can't vote on behalf of more than two people who live in the UK.

Apply for a proxy vote

You can apply to vote by proxy for:

  • one election
  • a set period of time
  • the maximum period, up to three years

Each person requiring a proxy vote must fill in a form.

Apply for a proxy vote

After you've applied

We'll confirm to you and your proxy that your proxy arrangement is in place, there may not be time to do this just before an election.

We'll send a proxy poll card to the person you nominated with details of how to vote.

Your nominated person will have to go to your polling station to vote, not their own polling station. If your proxy wishes to vote by post they will need to contact us to request a postal-proxy application form.

Your proxy will need to show their own photo ID to vote on your behalf at the polling station.

Change your proxy vote

To change your proxy vote for one election you'll need to complete a new proxy vote application.

Apply for an emergency proxy vote

If the proxy vote deadline has passed you may be able to apply for an emergency proxy vote if any of the following apply:

  • you cannot vote in person because of a medical emergency or disability
  • you cannot vote in person because of your employment
  • the photo ID you were planning on using to vote has been lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed
  • you've not yet received a new or replacement photo ID you've ordered

This must be something that you weren't aware of before the normal proxy vote deadline - 5pm, Wednesday 26 June 2024.

Emergency proxy applications can be made up to 5pm on polling day.

Fill in a paper form to:

Send to the Electoral Services team:

  • email:
  • by post or in person: Electoral Services, Bristol City Council, 5th Floor, B Bond Warehouse, Smeaton Road, Bristol, BS1 6XN

If you're applying for an emergency proxy vote because of a medical emergency, disability or your employment, your application form must be signed by an ‘appropriate person' (for example your employer or a doctor).

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