Plan ahead for voting

Apply for a postal or proxy vote

If you know that you will be unable to get to your polling station on election day, you can organise a postal or proxy vote. This must be arranged in advance. It can be set up as a permanent option.

You must be registered to vote to apply for a postal or proxy vote.

Your postal vote may be sent to an overseas address, but we do not recommend this. There is usually very little time for you to receive and return the ballot paper in time for election day. If you live outside of the UK you may prefer to appoint a proxy.

Electoral Registration Officer
Brighton Town Hall
Bartholomew Square
Brighton
BN1 1JA

​Voting if you are outside of the UK

Your postal vote may be sent to an overseas address, but we do not recommend this as there is very little time for you to receive and return the ballot paper in time for polling day. If you live outside of the UK you may prefer to appoint a proxy.

​Voting with your postal ballot

Please send your postal vote back to us as soon as you can, in the envelope provided. If you do not post it in time, you can hand in your postal vote to any Brighton & Hove polling station on the day of the election.

To prevent fraud, if you are registered for a postal vote you will not be able to get a ballot paper from the polling station. You must use the ballot paper that came with your postal ballot pack.

Cancel your postal vote

Postal proxy voting

For a postal proxy vote to allow your appointed individual to vote on your behalf in the run up to an election, please contact the Electoral Services Office on 01273 291999 or email electors@brighton-hove.gov.uk.

Emergency proxy voting

Apply for an emergency proxy vote if the deadline to apply for a proxy vote has passed, and exceptional circumstances mean that you are unable to go to the polling station on election day.

You can apply for an emergency proxy vote up to 5pm on the day of election.

Find out who can apply for an emergency proxy vote and how on the electoral commission website.

If you believe your circumstances mean that you qualify for an emergency proxy vote please call electoral services on 01273 291999.

More information

For more information on postal and proxy voting, please see our frequently asked questions on voting and elections.