Postal and proxy voting
Future changes will enable voters to apply for a postal or proxy vote online and identity checks will be carried out when making an application.
New and existing postal voters will be required to make a fresh application every three years.
Proxy voters (a trusted person who is appointed to vote on someone’s behalf) will only be able to act as a proxy for two people, regardless of their relationship.
Additionally, the number of postal votes an individual can hand in at a polling station will be limited and political parties and campaigners will be banned from handling completed postal votes.