Voting by post or proxy

Postal voting

Voting by post is an easy and convenient way of voting.

There have been some changes to the electoral registration system recently and so in order to vote by post, even if you have had a postal vote before, you need to be individually registered.

Individually registered means either:

  • You got a letter to say that you automatically transferred to the new system in Summer 2014 and still live at the same address
  • You have registered to vote since June 2014

If you are unsure if you are individually registered, please contact our office on 01253 477490 or 01253 477161 to check.

If you have recently moved house or changed name, please tell us. You will have to register to vote again using your new details and you will also need to re-apply for a postal vote.

You can apply for a postal vote for one election, a set period of time or permanently. Postal votes are sent out before election day.

If you live overseas, consider how long it may take your postal vote to arrive as this could affect us receiving your vote in time to be counted.

Apply for a postal vote

To apply for a postal vote you contact the Electoral Services team on 01253 477490 or 01253 477161 to be sent one or download the form below and return it to us by email at electoral.registration@blackpool.gov.uk 

Postal vote application form [PDF 11KB]

When completing the form, you will need to provide:

  • Your name and the full address of the property you are registered at
  • Your signature and
  • Date of birth

Every time you vote by post, you need to fill in a postal voting statement with your signature and date of birth. The signature and date of birth on the statement will be checked against your original application to make sure nobody else can use your vote

If you cannot sign the application form, or can't sign the same way every time, please contact the Electoral Services team on 01253 477490 or 01253 477161 to request an application to waive the requirement to provide a signature.

Proxy voting

Voting by proxy means that you can appoint someone else to vote on your behalf. Proxy voting is convenient if you are unable to get to your polling station on election day. Your proxy can either vote by post or vote at a polling station.

To apply for a proxy vote, both you and your proxy must be individually registered and meet any of the following criteria:

  • You are unable to go to the Polling Station for one particular election e.g. if you are away on holiday
  • You have physical condition that means you cannot go to the Polling Station on election day
  • Your employment means you cannot go to Polling Station on election day
  • Your attendance on an education course means you cannot go to the Polling Station on election day
  • You are a British citizen living overseas (Parliamentary and European Parliamentary only)
  • You are a crown servant or a member of Her Majesty's Armed Forces
  • Your proxy must be able to vote in the type of election concerned. Your proxy may not vote for more than two people unless they are a close relative of you

 

You can apply for a proxy vote for one election, a specific period or permanently.

If you are unsure if you are individually registered, please contact our office on 01253 477490 or 01253 477161 to check.

The deadline for applications to vote by proxy is 6 working days before polling day. Please note the electoral services team must have received it by this point.

Apply for a proxy vote

To apply for a proxy vote, please contact the Electoral Services team on 01253 477490 or 01253 477161

You will need to provide your signature and date of birth on your application. If you are unable to sign your form, please contact us.

As proxy voting is not an on-demand service, you may have to get someone to support your application to confirm that your reason for applying to vote by proxy is valid. Please read the notes that accompany the application form carefully to find out if you need someone to support your application.