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Proxy vote deadline

The deadline to apply for a proxy vote in the elections on 2 May is 5pm on Wednesday 24 April. You must also be registered to vote by 11:59pm on Tuesday 16 April.

Elections Act changes

There are changes to voting by proxy. The changes apply to UK Parliamentary elections, including by-elections and recall petitions, and local and Assembly elections in Northern Ireland. 

These include how many people a voter can act as a proxy for. 

If you applied for a proxy vote before 31 October 2023, this expired on 31 January 2024 and you need to apply for a new one. 

Find out more about the changes to voting by proxy

Elections Act changes

There are changes to voting by proxy. The changes apply to:

  • UK Parliament general elections, by-elections and recall petitions in England, Scotland and Wales
  • Local elections in England
  • Police and Crime Commissioner elections in England and Wales

You can apply online for some types of proxy vote and there are changes to how many people a voter can act as a proxy for.

The changes to the number of people you can act as a proxy for also applies at elections in Northern Ireland.

If you applied for a proxy vote before 31 October 2023, this expired on 31 January 2024 and you need to apply for a new one. 

Find out more about the changes to voting by proxy

Elections Act changes

If you are a British or eligible Irish citizen living overseas who has previously lived in the UK or been registered to vote in the UK, you can register to vote in UK Parliamentary elections.

A number of changes to voting from overseas now apply: 

  • You can now register to vote if you previously lived in the UK but were not registered to vote.
  • You can register to vote in the UK no matter how long ago you left or were last registered to vote. 
  • Your overseas declaration is now valid for three years, lasting until 1 November in the third year after it takes effect (for example, if your declaration takes effect on 1 March 2024, it will expire on 1 November 2026). 
  • You can now register online (not available in Northern Ireland).

Find out more about voting if you live overseas

There are also changes to voting by proxy. You can apply online for some types of proxy vote and there are changes to how many people a voter can act as a proxy for.

If you applied for a proxy vote before 31 October 2023, this expired on 31 January 2024 and you need to apply for a new one. 

Elections Act changes

There are changes to voting by proxy. The changes apply to UK Parliament general elections, by-elections and recall petitions. 

You can apply online for some types of proxy vote and there are changes to how many people a voter can act as a proxy for.

If you applied for a proxy vote before 31 October 2023, this expired on 31 January 2024 and you need to apply for a new one. 

The changes do not apply to Scottish Parliament or council elections in Scotland.

Find out more about the changes to voting by proxy

Elections Act changes

There are changes to voting by proxy. The changes apply to:

  • UK Parliament general elections, by-elections and recall petitions in England, Scotland and Wales
  • Police and Crime Commissioner elections in England and WalesYou can apply online for some types of proxy vote and there are changes to how many people a voter can act as a proxy for.

If you applied for a proxy vote before 31 October 2023, this expired on 31 January 2024 and you need to apply for a new one. 

The changes do not apply to Senedd and local council elections in Wales. 

Find out more about the changes to voting by proxy

Digital Registration Number (DRN)

If you registered to vote online, you'll need to provide your Digital Registration Number (DRN) on your application for a postal vote.

If you’ve forgotten your Digital Registration Number (DRN) you can request to be notified of it by completing the Digital Registration Number (DRN) form.

Help with the application form

Help with the application 

If you need any support with your application, are unable to print the application form or need it in an accessible format, contact the electoral services team at your local council for help.

Help with the application form

Help with the application

If you need any support with your application, are unable to print the application form or need it in an accessible format, contact your local electoral registration office.

Emergency proxy vote

Emergency proxy vote

In certain circumstances, where you have an emergency that means you can't vote in person, you can apply for an emergency proxy. If your last UK address was in Northern Ireland, you can’t apply for an emergency proxy.

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