Postal and proxy voting information

You can vote by post or in certain circumstances by proxy. A proxy is a person chosen by you to vote on your behalf.

Postal vote application

Postal voting is available to all. Download our icon Postal Vote application form [75.8KB]  and return it to Electoral Services, Guildford Borough Council, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford, GU2 4BB.

You do not have to give a reason for requesting a postal vote (unless you want the ballot paper to be sent somewhere other than your home address).

When you apply for a postal vote, you will be asked to supply certain 'Personal Identifiers' (your date of birth and signature) which are used to verify your ballot is genuine when it is returned. If you are unable to provide a signature, contact Electoral Services and we will arrange an alternative method of verification.

Proxy vote application

Proxy voting (allowing someone else to vote for you) is available for specific reasons (such as, travelling or living away from home, sickness, etc). You can apply for a proxy vote for all future elections, for a specific election date or until a fixed date. You can also apply for a postal vote for your proxy.

The deadline for applications is 5pm, six days before polling day.

Your application for Proxy voting does not need to be supported if:

  • You are applying because you are registered blind (please provide your registered number).

  • You are in receipt of a higher rate of mobility allowance (please provide your allowance number).

  • You are applying for a specific election due to temporary illness, work commitments or away on holiday.

Your application does have to be supported if:

  • You have a long term illness or disability which makes it difficult for you to vote in person. (Your application must be supported by a registered medical practitioner, a registered nurse or Christian science practitioner. If you are in a residential home or sheltered housing, the matron, home care director or warden may support your application).

  • Your job, or that of your spouse, may take you away from home for long periods at a time (e.g. travelling salesman, long distance lorry driver).

Your application must be supported by your employer or your spouse's employer. If you are self-employed, then the supporter must be 18 or over, know you and not be related to you.

Proxy voters do not need to live in the same area in which you are registered and can apply to vote by post on your behalf.

You can icon download an application to vote by proxy [202.58KB] or please contact Electoral Services by calling 01483 444115 or emailing