If you know that you won’t be able to get to a polling station on polling day, you can apply to vote by post or by proxy.
You need to be registered to vote to apply for a postal or proxy vote. If you are not registered to vote you can do so online www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
UK Parliament Elections
There are changes to voting by post and by proxy for UK parliament elections which came into effect on 31 October 2023:
- You can now apply online to vote by post or by proxy for UK Parliament Elections.
- You must now prove your identity when applying to vote by post or by proxy for UK Parliament elections by providing your National Insurance Number.
- You can now hold a postal or proxy vote for UK Parliament elections for a maximum period of three years only. You will need to reapply at the end of that time.
- There are now limits to how many people an elector can act as a proxy for at UK Parliament elections. This means an elector can only act as a proxy for two people living in the UK. If you act as a proxy for people living overseas, you can act as proxy for up to four people but only two of these can be based in the UK.
Scottish Parliament and Local Council elections
These changes do not apply to Scottish Parliament and Local Government elections. Please see our FAQs to see how to apply for a postal or proxy vote.
Register to vote: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
Apply online for a postal vote (UK parliament elections only): www.gov.uk/apply-postal-vote
Apply online for a proxy vote (UK Parliament elections only): www.gov.uk/apply-proxy-vote
Electoral Commission: www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter/ways-vote
Electoral Registration Office (Fife)
Fife House, North Street, Glenrothes, KY7 5LT
T: 03451 55 55 11
Electoral Commission Helpline
T: 0800 328 0280