How to nominate someone to vote on your behalf

If you are unable to get to the polling station on polling day you may apply to appoint a person you trust to vote on your behalf up to six working days before an election, except in emergency situations.  They are called a proxy voter.  

You should not be asked or told to appoint someone as a proxy voter: it is your choice alone and you should only appoint someone you trust.

  • You can only appoint a proxy voter in limited circumstances where you are unable to vote.
  • We must have accepted your application to vote by a proxy and any supporting evidence required: submitting an application is not enough.

Types of proxy vote

There are three types of proxy vote.  You must have a valid reason for your application and, except in the case of temporary proxy votes, you must provide supporting evidence. 

Temporary Proxy Vote – will apply to a single election and a valid reason must be provided.

Permanent or Long Term Proxy Vote – applies to all elections and you must have supporting evidence, e.g. from your GP.  To make changes or cancel existing proxy vote contact the Council on 020 8430 2000.

Emergency Proxy Vote – for medical emergencies six or less days before the election and must be supported by medical evidence.

Who can be a proxy voter?

A proxy must be registered to vote (they do not need to be a Newham voter) and

A proxy cannot vote on behalf of more than two people unless they are closely related to the voters.

How can a proxy vote on your behalf?

A proxy can:

  • Vote in person by going to your polling station
  • Voting by post. The proxy will need to contact the Council on 020 8430 2000 for a postal proxy application form. The form must be submitted by no later than 5pm on the 11th working day before the date of the election.

Can you still vote if you have appointed a proxy?

Yes, so long as your proxy has not already voted for you.

  • You may still vote in person at your polling station, as long as your proxy hasn't already voted for you.
  • You cannot vote in person if your proxy has already arranged to vote for you by post.

Applying for a Proxy Vote

You can download and print proxy vote application forms from the Electoral Commission website. Please complete the application form that applies to your situation.  Please return it to [email protected] or return by post or hand to


Electoral Services
Room 38
Newham Town Hall
Barking Road
E6 2RP

You must submit the application form to us at least six working days before an election, except in emergency situations (see below). We can only issue you with a proxy vote if the application is validly completed so please don’t leave it to the last minute if possible.

WARNING: With a proxy vote, you are trusting someone to vote as you intended to vote in an election.  Before applying for a proxy vote, please consider if it’s better for you to apply for a postal vote which you can complete yourself and ensure that your vote is cast as you intended.