Local elections 2021 – all you need to know about proxy voting

Published Friday 23 April 2021 at 14:57

The Local Elections, Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Election and Parish Elections take place on Thursday, May 6th.

The deadline to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm on Tuesday, April 27th.

A proxy vote is when you may need to ask someone to vote on your behalf at the polling station on the day because you are not able to.

You must have a specific reason to apply for a proxy vote.

These include:

Being away on polling day but missing the deadline for a postal vote.

Having a medical issue or a disability which means you can’t get to the polling station.

Urgent work reasons or if you are serving in the military.

Who can be a proxy?

Anyone can carry out a proxy vote, as long as they are over 18 years old, are registered to vote, allowed to vote in the local election and can vote in the polling station stated on your polling card.

How to apply for a proxy vote:

You must fill out a form for your specific circumstances. For example, there is a different form for people who want to vote by proxy because of work reasons or because of a disability so make sure you fill out the correct one.

Further information on proxy voting and a link to the application forms can be found here: https://www.blackburn.gov.uk/elections-and-voting/proxy-votes

Once completed, send your proxy vote application form to: Elections team, Blackburn Town Hall, King William Street, Blackburn, BB1 7DY.





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