Plan ahead for voting
What to do if you know that you are unable to get to a polling station on election day.
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.
Absent vote signature refresh
If you have a postal or a proxy vote that is more than five years old then you will receive a signature refresh form and a pre-paid envelope to send the form back to our scanning contractor.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
If you believe your circumstances mean that you qualify for an emergency proxy vote please call electoral services on 01273 291999.
For more information on postal and proxy voting, please see our frequently asked questions on voting and elections.