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Absent Voting

There are two ways of absent voting: by post and by proxy

Voting when you're abroad - 8 June 2017 Parliamentary Election

For the 8 June 2017 Parliamentary Election, voting by proxy will avoid the risk of your postal vote not arriving in time.

If you wish to vote by post, please email your absent vote application form to our Elections Team (elections@southbucks.gov.uk) so that we receive your application form faster.

If you live abroad, were registered to vote for the EU referendum, and have not renewed your registration since then, you should renew your application or re-register at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

 

By Post


What is a postal vote?
Voting by post is an easy and convenient way of voting if you are unable to get to the polling station. Your ballot paper will be posted to you approximately two weeks before the election. You then need to complete the ballot paper and the enclosed security statement and then either post the pack back, deliver it in person to the Electoral Services Office, or deliver it on polling day to one of the polling stations in the electoral area. Whatever method of return is used, the ballot paper will only be counted if it is received by 10:00pm on the day of the election.
 
How can I arrange to vote by post?
You will need to complete a postal vote application form. The application form can be returned by post to Electoral Services (SBDC), PO Box 886, Amersham, HP6 9HS or by scanning the application and attaching it to an email to elections@southbucks.gov.uk. The form can also be received at the South Bucks District Council Offices (Denham), and Chiltern District Council Offices (King George V House, King George V Road, Amersham, Buckinghamshire, HP6 5AW). 

pdf icon Application to Vote by Post [20kb]
 
What information will I need to provide?
The application form sets out the information you need to provide. However, two key pieces of information are needed for security purposes - your signature and your date of birth. Both of these identifiers will be stored and checked against those you provide on the security statement that you will need to fill in and return with the ballot paper at an election.

The security statement will be separated from your ballot paper before your signature and date of birth is checked. Giving this information will not affect the secrecy of your vote. If your signature and date of birth does not match those that you originally provided, your vote will be invalidated for that election. Application forms to vote by post must be received no later than 5pm, eleven working days before an election. 

pdf icon Application to Vote by Post with Signature Waiver [66kb] Please complete this form if you wish to register to vote by post, but are unable to provide a signature due to impairment.

 

By Proxy


What is a proxy vote?
Voting by proxy is a convenient way of voting if you are unable to get to the polling station. To vote by proxy means that you appoint someone you trust to vote on your behalf. Their name will be held on a separate list at the polling station. You can still vote yourself on polling day if necessary, as long as you arrive at the polling station before your proxy.  Voting by proxy can also be useful if you fall ill and are unable to get to the polling station on election day. It can be particularly useful if you are overseas and concerned that your completed ballot paper may not arrive in time to be included in the counting of votes (for instance, if you are in the Armed Forces and deployed overseas).

Eligibility Requirements
Any registered elector can apply to vote by proxy. However, there are different application requirements dependent upon the reason for the application, although you must provide a reason for applying to vote by proxy in every case. You can apply for a permanent proxy vote if:

  • You have a physical condition that means you cannot go to the polling station on election day;
  • Your employment means that you cannot go to the polling station on election day;
  • Your attendance on an educational course means that you cannot go to the polling station on election day;
  • You are a British citizen living overseas;
  • You are a crown servant or a member of Her Majesty's Armed Forces.

 

Arranging to vote by Proxy for a Particular Election
If you are unable to go to the polling station for a particular election, for example, if you are away on holiday; you can apply for a "particular election" proxy vote.  You will need to complete a proxy vote application form. The form can be returned by post to Electoral Services (SBDC), PO Box 886, Amersham, HP6 9HS or by scanning the application and attaching it to an email to elections@southbucks.gov.uk. The form can also be received at the South Bucks District Council Offices (Denham), and Chiltern District Council Offices (King George V House, King George V Road, Amersham, Buckinghamshire, HP6 5AW). 

pdf icon Application to Vote by Proxy [116kb]

Registering to vote by Emergency Proxy
In special circumstances, you may apply for a medical emergency proxy up until 5:00pm on polling day; your application will need to be countersigned by a member of the medical profession.  The last date to cancel or amend a postal or proxy vote is no later than 5:00pm on the eleventh working day before the election. All requests must be made in writing. 

pdf icon Application to Vote by Emergency Proxy [59kb]