Postal and proxy voting

Postal votes

To qualify for a postal vote you must first be registered to vote. If you intend to request a postal vote, we recommend you register to vote well in advance of the deadline, in case we need to ask you for ID to verify your identity. 

Postal vote application form

Please note that to request a postal vote, you must complete and sign a postal vote application form and return it by post or hand, or email a scanned copy of the form to Electronic signatures are not acceptable but scanned versions of original signatures are.

When your vote will arrive

Postal votes to overseas destinations are sent out first. However, if you’re overseas we strongly recommend that you nominate a proxy to vote for you rather than apply for a postal vote.

Postal votes are always sent by first class post.

Vote by proxy

You can appoint someone else to cast your vote on your behalf if you have a valid reason: for example, if you are ill, are unable to get to a polling station or are abroad during the election. You will have to give a reason why you cannot vote in person and your application may need to be supported by your doctor or employer.

Proxy vote application form

Page updated on: 18 September 2023

Electoral Registration and Elections Office


Hackney Town Hall
Mare Street
E8 1EA


Opening times

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – 9am to 5pm (telephone)
  • Wednesday – 9am to 4pm (telephone)