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If you are unable to get to your polling station on polling day, you can appoint someone you trust to vote on your behalf. This is called a proxy vote.

Your proxy will need to go to your polling station in Portsmouth to cast your vote and they will need to show their photo ID.

If the person that you appoint as your proxy cannot get to your polling station, they can apply to vote on your behalf by post. This is called a postal proxy vote.

To apply for a proxy vote, both yourself and your proxy must be registered to vote. Your proxy cannot be appointed to vote for more than two people, except where these people are registered as overseas or service voters, in which case the limit is four people.

If you wish to vote by proxy at the next election, your application must be received by 5pm on the sixth working day before the election.

We will send your proxy a poll card which will provide the details for your polling station.

If you find out that you cannot get to your polling station after this deadline because of medical or employment reasons, you may be able to appoint a proxy on emergency grounds. Please contact us on 023 9283 4074 for further details.

If you need a long term proxy because you have a disability, you are a member of the armed forces, you are living overseas or due to your employment, please contact us on 023 9283 4074 for further details.

Further information and advice on how to vote may be found on the Electoral Commission’s website.

If you have any questions, please contact the Election Services Office by phone on 023 9283 4074, or by email at