Voting by post or proxy

Electoral Services

If you wish to vote in an up and coming election but will be unable to attend the Polling Station, there are two choices of Absent vote that you can request:

Apply to vote by post

If voting in person at your local polling station is not convenient for you, you can choose to vote by post.

Last year the way we register to vote in England, Scotland and Wales changed, and if you want to vote by post or by proxy you must be registered under the new system.  To check if you're correctly registered, contact us on

Download a postal vote form.

Please then either complete the form, scan it and email it to us at or mail it back to us at the address below:

Electoral Services, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Town Hall, Hornton Street, London, W8 7NX.

Apply to vote by proxy

Proxy voting means that if you aren’t able to cast your vote in person, you can have someone you trust cast your vote for you.

Only electors who are (or are applying to be) registered individually are entitled to apply to vote by proxy.

In addition, the person you wish to appoint as your proxy can only act as proxy if they are 18 and are (or are applying to be) registered individually.

A person cannot be a proxy for more than two people at any one election or referendum, unless they are a close relative.

You will need to download and complete a form to apply to vote by proxy. There are different forms depending on the reason that you need a proxy vote,  you can find out more information.

For general details about postal or proxy voting or other questions about registering to vote, please go to the About my vote website.