Running electoral registration - England

Emergency proxies

Emergency proxies

An elector may appoint an emergency proxy at an election up to 5pm on polling day in the following circumstances:1

  • in the case of a medical condition, illness or disability arising after the deadline for ordinary proxy applicationsĀ 
  • if they are a mental health patient detained under civil powers
  • if their occupation, service or employment means they cannot go to the polling station in person and they became aware of this after the deadline for ordinary proxy applications

Proxy voting on the grounds of coronavirus

If an elector cannot reasonably attend the polling station as a result of following coronavirus advice, their application to vote by proxy must reach the ERO by 5pm on the day of poll2 .

In the circumstances where an appointed long-term proxy considers that they are, or are likely to be unable to attend the polling station on the grounds of following coronavirus advice, the elector can apply to change the person who is appointed as their proxy. An application made under these provisions must reach the ERO by 5pm on the day of poll3 .

An application made on the grounds of coronavirus does not require a medical attestation.

Last updated: 10 August 2021