There have been changes to voting by post and proxy:
- Voters can now apply online to vote by post and for some types of proxy vote
- Voters need to prove their identity when applying to vote by post and by proxy
- There are limits to how many people someone can act as a proxy for
- Voters need to reapply for a postal vote every three years
The changes apply to UK Parliament elections in England, Scotland and Wales, including by-elections and recall petitions, local elections in England and Police and Crime Commissioner elections in England and Wales.
The limit to how many people a voter can act as a proxy for will also apply will also apply at local and Assembly elections in Northern Ireland.
Download our resources
We have produced a range of resources to help local authorities, Electoral Registration Officers and other partners communicate these changes to residents. These include posters, a flyer, a Press FAQ, social media graphics and template posts, web banners and template web and newsletter copy.
Posters and A5 Flyer
The posters and flyer summarise these changes, and are available in two formats:
- ‘Professional print’, containing crop marks and bleed
- ‘Print ready’, to be printed on a home or office printer
The Press FAQ can be used by local authorities when responding to press queries relating to these changes.
Social media graphics and template posts
The social media graphics are simple to use, with icons representing each of the various changes to postal and proxy voting. Each graphic corresponds to a different template post explaining the relevant change.
The web banners contain a generic message announcing these changes. They can be displayed on council websites to help make residents aware and signpost them to the Electoral Commission’s website for more information.