Proxy voting

You may still be able to vote even if you are unable to get to your polling station on election day. You can apply to vote by post or proxy. (A proxy is someone who votes on your behalf).

If you want to appoint a proxy to vote for you, he or she must be:

  • willing to vote on your behalf
  • a British citizen or citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland, or for local government and European Parliamentary elections, a citizen of the European Union
  • old enough to vote and legally allowed to vote.

You will need to enter your proxy's full name and address, together with details of their relationship to you (if any) on the form. A proxy may not vote at the same election for more than two people unless they are a close relative (husband, wife, civil partner, parent, grandparent, brother, sister, child or grandchild) of the people they are voting for. Your proxy does not necessarily have to sign the form. As long as you have consulted them and they have confirmed that they can and will be your proxy, only you need sign the form and state your date of birth. If the person you want to be your proxy does not live in the same area as you, and would have to travel to attend your usual polling Station, please contact the elections team.

If an election is announced and you know that you will not be able to vote in person, you must complete and return a proxy vote application form as soon as possible.

You need to return your completed form to the electoral registration officer, Amber Valley Borough Council, election office, town hall, Ripley, Derbyshire DE5 3BT.

The electoral registration officer must receive your completed application form by 5pm, six working days before election day. (Working days exclude weekends, bank holidays, Good Friday, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). This leaves very little time after an election is announced, so you must complete and return your form as quickly as possible.

Emergency proxy applications can be made after this deadline, up until 5pm on election day. The following reasons will apply for emergency proxy applications:

  • Medical emergency
  • Away for work
  • Self-isolating due to COVID-19
Need further help or information?

Contact the team directly on 01773 841633 or email