Apply for a postal vote or proxy vote
Postal and proxy vote applications
From the 31 October 2023, you will be able to apply online to vote by post or by proxy. This will apply to all elections and recall petitions held in the West Northamptonshire Council area. As part of the new process, applications will require an identity check as part of the application process. You will be asked to provide your Name, signature, National Insurance Number, and the address that you are registered to.
If you know that you won’t be able to get to the polling station on polling day, you can vote by post. You can apply for postal vote because you’re away on holiday or because your work schedule means you can't get to polling station. You can also choose to vote by post simply because it would be more convenient for you. You will be a sent a postal vote ballot pack before the election. When applying to vote by post, your completed application must be received by 5pm, 11 working days before the election you will be voting in.
Postal vote arrangements will be limited to a maximum of three years, following which the elector will be required to make a new application. Apply online from 31 October 2023.
Proxy voting – for a particular election
If you know that you will not be able to attend the polling station on election day, you can ask a trusted person to vote on your behalf as your proxy. When applying to vote by proxy, your fully completed application must be received by 5pm, six working days before the election you will be voting in.
The new regulations will put limits on the number of electors for whom a person may act as proxy. The number of electors a person can act as proxy for will be reduced to 4, of which no more than 2 can be domestic electors. Apply online from the 31 October 2023.
Proxy voting – Permanent or long-term proxy
If you are unable to attend the polling station for the foreseeable future or for a long period of time, you can put in place a proxy arrangement on a long-term basis. Examples would be that you are disabled, you are away for work or away on an educational course.
You cannot current apply online for this type of proxy vote. Please contact us and we will post out to you the correct application form based on your reason for applying.
Paper format applications
Paper versions of the application forms are available by contacting the Elections Office on 01604 837111 or by writing to:
West Northamptonshire Council
St Giles Square
Alternatively, please email [email protected].
You can also send any completed applications to this address.
Are you registered to vote?
To vote by post or by proxy, you must first be registered to vote at your current address.
You can also view our pages on registering here Register to vote .
Last updated 30 October 2023