Postal votes are available to anyone who wants one, provided they are on the Electoral Register. You may set one up on a permanent basis or temporarily for a specific election. You can also have one set up for a specific period (e.g. while a student is away at university). Register for postal voting >>
A 'proxy' is someone who is appointed by you to vote on your behalf at an election, so to vote by proxy you must first find someone who is willing to attend your polling station and cast your vote on your behalf. In certain circumstances, where you have an emergency that means you cannot go to the polling station in person you can apply for an emergency proxy up to 5pm on the day of the poll. Apply to vote by proxy >>
Voting when you're abroad
If you're going to be abroad temporarily on election day, you can arrange to vote by post or by proxy. See further information >>
Special category electors
Special provision is made to enable certain groups to register to vote even though they may live or work overseas or have no permanent address at which to register. These are known as special category electors.
There are separate registration services for public servants who are likely to be posted overseas: