Proxy voting

Voting by proxy means you can appoint someone to vote for you at your polling station. You will need to tell your proxy which candidate(s) you wish to vote for.

Your proxy will normally be required to vote in person at your local polling station in the area where you are registered to vote.

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If your proxy cannot get to your polling station, they can apply to vote by post. However, if they chose this option, you will not then be able to vote in person.

All applications to vote by proxy must be sent by the relevant deadline for the election (see below). Our address is: 

Electoral Services
Cornwall Council 
St Austell Information Service 
39 Penwinnick Road 
St Austell 
PL25 5DR

Your proxy must be registered as an elector themselves. They must also be eligible to vote at the election that you want to vote in.

Your proxy can be a close relative (defined as your spouse, civil partner, parent, grandparent, brother, sister, child or grandchild) or a friend.

A proxy can only act as a proxy for up to two people who are not close relatives.

You can apply for a proxy vote at any time until 5pm, six working days before an election.

However, if you want to change or cancel an existing proxy voting arrangement, the deadline is 5pm, 11 working days before an election.

(This excludes Saturdays, Sundays, and bank holidays).

You don’t have to wait for an election to be announced to apply.

If you change your mind and wish to vote in person, you can still do so, providing that your proxy has not already voted on your behalf.

Apply to vote by proxy for a single election

You have to provide a reason to vote by proxy for a single election.

You can only vote by proxy on an indefinite basis for the following reasons:

  • disability;
  • educational;
  • employment;
  • overseas voter;
  • service in the Armed Forces.

There are different proxy application forms available for the above categories. For further information, please go to the Your Vote Matters website.

If you want to change or cancel an existing proxy voting arrangement, the deadline is 5pm, 11 working days before an election.  

Once you make a new application this will supersede your old arrangement. If you wish to re-instate your previous absent vote you will have to complete a new application form.

You cannot sign a proxy vote application on behalf of another elector, even if you have Power of Attorney.  

If an elector cannot sign the form due to a disability or is unable to read or write, please contact Electoral Services.

Medical emergency

If you have a medical emergency six working days or less before the election, you can apply for an emergency proxy vote. You can apply to vote by emergency proxy up until 5pm on polling day.

Your application to vote by emergency proxy must be supported by a doctor, registered state nurse, or Christian science practitioner. One of these must sign your application.

Occupation or employment reasons

If you are not able to attend the polling station in person for reasons relating to your occupation, service or employment, and you only become aware of this after 5pm on the sixth working day before an election, you can apply to vote by emergency proxy up until 5pm on election day.

If you are self-employed, your application must be supported by a person aged 18 years or over who knows you and is not your:

  • spouse
  • civil partner
  • parent
  • grandparent
  • brother
  • sister
  • child or
  • grandchild

If you are a member of the Armed Forces, a Crown servant, a British Council employee and you are registered as a service voter, you do not need support for your application.

Similarily, if you are the spouse or civil partner of one of the above and you are registered as a service voter, you do not need support for your application.

If you are registered as an ordinary elector, you will need support from your employer or another authorised person at your workplace.