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 cannot vote at a polling station if you have registered for a postal vote. But you can hand your postal vote in there.

Electoral Registration Officer
Brighton Town Hall
Bartholomew Square

​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

Once your postal vote is cancelled you can vote at the polling station. 

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

More information

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