If you are going to be away on polling day you can apply to vote by post or proxy (where someone votes on your behalf).

Apply for a new postal vote

To apply to vote by post you will need to download, complete and submit an application form.

If you would like to vote by post at a particular election, you must submit your application by 5pm on the 11th working day before polling day.

If you have an existing postal or proxy vote, the deadline for cancelling or making any changes to your voting method is also 5pm on the 11th working day before polling day.

Download a postal vote application form

Before you submit your application form ensure you have included your:

  • Name
  • Address for ballot paper(s)
  • Date of birth
  • Signature – in wet ink (electronic signatures are not valid)

This information is required by law for the security of your postal vote. Your application will not be valid without it.

Problems providing a signature

If you are unable to provide a consistent signature, the Electoral Registration Officer may be able to grant a 'waiver' for this requirement. Please contact us at electoralservices@lambeth.gov.uk if you would like to apply for a waiver.

Submit a postal vote application form

Apply for a new proxy vote

To apply to vote by proxy you please download, complete and submit an application form.

If you would like to vote by proxy at a particular election, you must submit your application by 5pm on the 6th working day before polling day.

IMPORTANT – If you have an existing postal or proxy vote, the deadline for cancelling or making any changes to your voting method is 5pm on the 11th working day before polling day.

The person you appoint as proxy must meet the criteria below:

  • Over 18 years old
  • Registered to vote in the UK
  • Eligible to vote at the election/referendum for which you are appointing them
  • Able to travel to your allocated polling station in Lambeth (unless they apply to vote by post as proxy – please read below)
  • A person can only be a proxy for close relatives and up to two other people at an election or referendum.
  • Close relatives are the spouse, civil partner, parent, grandparent, brother, sister, child or grandchild of the applicant.

Download a proxy vote application form

Before you submit your application form ensure you have included your:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Date of birth
  • Your proxy’s name and address
  • Your reason for requesting a proxy (e.g. I am on holiday)
  • Your signature – in wet ink (electronic signatures are not valid)

This information is required by law for the security of your proxy vote. Your application will not be valid without it.

Unless your proxy applies to vote by post, they will need to travel to your allocated polling station in Lambeth to vote for on your behalf (find out where your polling station is here).

If your appointed proxy wished to vote by post on your behalf, instead of in person at your allocated polling station, they should apply to vote by post.

Submit a proxy vote application form

Apply for a new postal proxy vote

This section is for people who have been appointed as a proxy for someone registered to vote in Lambeth to make an application to vote by post – instead of voting at a polling station.

If you would like to vote by postal proxy at a particular election, you must submit your application by 5pm on the 11th working day before polling day.

If you have an existing postal proxy vote, the deadline for cancelling or making any changes to your voting method is also 5pm on the 11th working day before polling day.

Download a postal proxy vote application form

Before you submit your application form ensure you have included your details as proxy:

  • Name
  • Address for ballot papers
  • Date of birth
  • Signature – in wet ink (electronic signatures are not valid)

This information is required by law and for the security of your postal vote. Your application will not be valid without it.

Problems providing a signature

If you are unable to provide a consistent signature, the Electoral Registration Officer may be able to grant a 'waiver' for this requirement. Please contact us at electoralservices@lambeth.gov.uk if you would like to apply for a waiver.

Submit a postal proxy vote application form

Cancel an existing postal or proxy vote

If you wish to cancel an existing postal or proxy vote you must inform us in writing.

The deadline for cancelling or making any changes to an existing postal or proxy vote for a particular election is 5pm on the 11th working day before polling day.

Download an absent vote cancellation form

Before you submit your cancellation request ensure you have included your:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Signature – in wet ink (electronic signatures are not valid)

This information is required by law and for the security of your vote. Your cancellation request will not be valid without it.

Submit an absent vote cancellation form