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Absent Voting

Absent Voting

Most people vote in person at a polling station. However, if you are not able to go to the polling station in person on polling day you can apply to vote by post or by proxy (where someone votes on your behalf).

 

Postal Voting

You can request a postal vote for either:

  • one election
  • a set period of time
  • permanently

If you choose a permanent postal vote, you are legally required to refresh your signature every five years to make sure we have a copy of your current signature.

We will contact you when it is time to do so.

 

How to apply

You must first be registered to vote at the correct address before you can apply for a postal vote. If you need to register click here.

If you have moved house or changed your name, you need to register to vote again and reapply for a postal vote.

You can apply for a postal vote by completing the application form and returning it to:

Electoral Services
Civic Centre
West Paddock
Leyland
PR25 1DH

To download a postal vote application form from the Electoral Commission website, click here.

 

Cancelling your postal vote

You can cancel your postal vote by emailing electoralservices@southribble.gov.uk or by calling 01772 421491.

 

Polling cards

If you apply for a postal vote before polling cards are delivered, you will get a polling card, advising you to expect your postal ballot pack.

If you apply after polling cards are delivered, you will not receive a card prior to your postal ballot pack.

 

Proxy voting

If you would like to nominate someone you trust to go to the polling station and vote on your behalf, you can apply for a proxy vote.

Please note that the person you appoint as your proxy will be required to cast your vote in your polling station.

They will receive a card telling them where and when to cast your vote. You can still vote in person, provided you do so before the proxy has voted for you.

The person who you choose to be your proxy can be anybody, as long as they are registered to vote at that election. If either of you need to register click here.

Everyone is entitled to apply for a proxy vote for one specific polling day. To download a proxy vote application form from the Electoral Commission website for one specific election, click here.

 

Postal proxy votes

They would need to do this as a separate application — if they already vote by post, they would need to apply separately to cast your vote by post.

Contact us if you need more information.

 

Apply for all future elections

If you have specific requirements, you may be able to apply for a proxy for all future elections.

The different application forms to be able to vote by proxy at all elections can be downloaded here.

 

Emergency proxy applications

In certain circumstances, due to either a medical or employment emergency that happens after the deadline to apply for a proxy vote has already passed, you can apply to vote by emergency proxy.

Click here to download a form to apply for an emergency proxy due to a medical emergency

Click here to download a form to apply for an emergency proxy due to employment

 

What if I am unable to sign?

If you are unable to sign because of a disability or illness, or you are unable to sign in a consistent or distinctive manner, you can apply for to vote by proxy and waiver the requirement for a signature.

Contact us if you need more information.

 

Find your polling station

Please click here to use our polling station finder tool.