Ways to vote
Vote in person, by post or by proxy
Most people choose to vote in person on the day of the election at their polling station. If you are not able to vote in person you can apply
- to vote by post
- for someone to vote on your behalf, known as a proxy vote.
Council Elections will be held on Thursday 4 May 2017. To be eligible to vote in person at these elections, you must be registered by Monday 17 April 2017.
You need to apply for a postal vote if you want to vote by post.
If your address has changed since you applied, you will need to
- update your details on the GOV.UK website
- submit a new application for a postal vote.
If you are resident in Scotland but voting from abroad, remember it will take time for your voting pack to reach you, and for you to send it back. If you are applying close to polling day, you may find it easier to apply for a proxy vote instead.
The last date for postal vote applications is 5pm on Tuesday 18 April 2017.
If you are not able to vote in person or by post then you can apply to vote by proxy. This means you can ask someone to go to a polling station and vote for you. Your proxy can also apply to vote by post, if you apply early enough.
You must apply for a proxy vote in advance. It is illegal for someone to vote for you if you have not been granted a proxy vote.
The last date for normal proxy applications is 5pm on Tuesday 25 April 2017.
If you have a medical or work emergency, you can apply for an emergency proxy up until 5pm on polling day.