Absent Voting

Other than the traditional method of voting at a polling station you can also vote by post or by appointing a proxy.

Section 14 of the Electoral Administration Act 2006, which came into force on 1 January 2007, requires electors who wish to vote by post or by proxy for any election to provide their date of birth and a specimen of their signature.

Postal Voting

Anyone who is on the electoral register can apply for a postal vote for all elections, or for a particular election without giving a reason.  You can have your ballot paper delivered to your registered address or provided you can supply us with a reason and an alternative address. If you are not on the electoral register you can register here.

Proxy Voting

Alternatively you can apply for a proxy to vote on your behalf.  If you choose to vote by proxy for a particular election you are required to give a reason e.g. illness, disability, employment, attendance of course etc.  If you choose to vote by proxy for all elections you will need to give a reason and get someone to support your application.  The people who are qualified to support your application appear under part 6a of the application form.

Both of these application forms can be obtained from the Democratic Services Department at the contact details shown to the left of this page. The Postal Voting application form can also be downloaded below.

Downloadable Documents

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