How to register to vote
How do I apply for a postal or proxy vote
If you are unable to attend the polling station for any reason you may wish to apply for a postal or proxy vote.
A postal vote is where your vote is sent to you before polling day and a proxy vote is where you ask another person to vote on your behalf.
To apply for a postal or proxy vote print and download an application form and return the form to Electoral Registration Officer at Melton Borough Council, Parkside,Station Approach,Burton Street,Melton Mowbray,LE13 1GH.
Rules for postal/proxy votes
You can apply for a postal vote as long as you are on the electoral register
- You can apply for just one election, for a specific time period, or for a permanent postal vote.
- An application form must be completed by the person applying for a postal vote
- Postal vote applications must be received 11 working days before the date of an election
You can ask either a member of your family or a friend/colleague to act as your proxy. You must ask them first and make sure that they can get to your polling station to vote on your behalf. If the person you appoint does not live in the area they will have to apply to be a postal proxy. In doing this your vote will be posted to them. Each applicant must fill in a form and where possible get your proxy to also sign the form accepting the appointment.
You can apply for a proxy vote as long as you are on the electoral register. When you apply for a proxy vote you have to provide a reason. You can apply for a proxy vote if:
- You are unable to go to the polling station for one particular election, for example, if you are away on holiday
- 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 crown servant or a member of Her Majesty's Armed Forces
- You are a British citizen living overseas
- Proxy vote forms must be received 6 working days before an election
Medical emergency and employment proxy vote
You may be able to apply for a proxy on the grounds of a medical emergency or being taken away from home by your work after the closing date for postal/proxy vote applications. For applications of this type please contact electoral services on 01664 502502 or email.