Summary

Since 31 October 2023 there have been changes to voting by proxy and applying to vote by proxy.

There is now a limit to how many people someone can act as a proxy for.

You can also apply online for some types of proxy vote. You cannot apply online if your application needs attesting or if you’re applying for an emergency proxy vote.

The changes apply to:

  • UK Parliamentary elections, including by-elections and recall petitions
  • Local elections in England
  • 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 to local and Assembly elections in Northern Ireland.

Proxy votes applied for before 31 October 2023 will expire on 31 January 2024. Anyone who applied for a proxy vote before 31 October 2023 will need to apply for a new one.