As an alternative to voting by post, you can appoint someone to vote on your behalf at the relevant Polling Station, this is called a Proxy vote. Applications must be made before an election is held, normally 5pm, 6 working days before an election.. The person you wish to appoint as your proxy can only act as proxy if they are 18 or over and, in England, Scotland and Wales, they are (or will be) registered individually.
What if I miss the deadline but can't go to my polling station?
If you have a medical emergency after the deadline, you can apply to vote by emergency proxy if the emergency means that you cannot go to the polling station in person.
You can also apply to vote by emergency proxy if your occupation, service or employment means that you cannot go to the polling station in person, and you only become aware of that fact after the deadline.
You can apply for an emergency proxy vote up to 5pm on polling day.
If you require an application form please telephone 0115 9071190 or visit http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk to download a form.
Once the form is completed please return it to Electoral Registration Officer, Town Hall, Wharncliffe Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire DE7 5RP
For general information on Elections and the Electoral process, visit The Electoral Commission website