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Voting by post or proxy

  • Council and democracy
  • postal voting and proxy voting are available on request for all elections
  • in order to vote by post or proxy you must be individually registered to vote first and then complete the appropriate form
  • you can apply to vote in this way for a set period of time or for all future elections.

Postal voting  

  • a postal vote can be sent to your home address or any other address that you provide
  • postal votes can be sent abroad but you need to consider whether there will be enough time for you to receive and return your ballot paper by election day, you may wish to consider appointing a proxy
  • you should receive your postal ballot paper about a week before election day
  • once you have cast your vote on the ballot paper make sure it is sent back so that it arrives by close of poll on election day
  • the deadline for new postal vote applications is 5pm, 11 working days before an election.   

Proxy voting

A proxy is when you appoint someone to vote on your behalf. If you nevertheless attend the polling station, you'll be able to vote unless your proxy has already voted.

  • proxy voting enables you to vote from abroad on election day.
  • if your proxy is unable to attend the polling station on election day you can apply for a postal proxy application.  For further details please contact the Electoral Registration Office using the contact details on the right of this page
  • the deadline for new postal proxy applications is 5pm, 11 working days before an election
  • the deadline for new proxy applications is 5pm, 6 working days before an election.

The Absent Voting (Transitional Provisions) (England and Wales) Regulations 2006

The Electoral Administration Act 2006 now requires your date of birth and a signature in the relevant boxes on the application form. Your details will be stored securely and each time you vote your signature and date of birth will be checked against these identifiers.

If you are unable to provide a signature, please contact the Electoral Registration Office (ERO). You may be granted an exemption from providing a signature.


  • Electoral Registration Office (ERO)
  • North London Business Park (NLBP), Oakleigh Road South, London N11 1NP
  • Tel: 020 8359 5577
  • Email: ero@barnet.gov.uk

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