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Don’t lose your voice – Don’t miss the proxy vote deadline

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The local District, Town & Parish Council elections are edging closer and closer, with the deadline to complete your proxy vote nomination paperwork coming up next week.

On Thursday 2 May, voters in South Somerset will go to the polls to vote for the person(s) they wish to represent them at South Somerset District Council. At the same time, Town & Parish Council elections will also be taking place.

District Councillors play an important part of ensuring their community's needs are met by making sure that the council aims to work closely with its communities to improve the quality of life for all its resident. Councillors give attention to a wide range of issues when making decisions, the environment, prosperity, equalities and social inclusion.

Proxy voting means that if you aren't able to cast your vote in person, you can have someone you trust cast your vote for you. The deadline to apply to vote by proxy is Wednesday 24 April.

How do I apply for a proxy vote?

  • You must ask someone who is willing and capable to be your proxy and vote on your behalf. You can ask anyone to act as your proxy - as long as they’re registered to vote and they’re allowed to vote in the same type of election.
  • Fill in the proxy vote application form. You must give a reason why you want to vote by proxy, for example you may be abroad on holiday on polling day.
  • Make sure you complete all sections of the form and supply your date of birth and signature. You need to give your date of birth and signature on this application form. This information is needed to prevent fraud. If you are unable to sign this form, please contact your electoral registration office.
  • Return your form to your electoral registration office (The Returning Officer, South Somerset District Council, The Council Offices, Brympton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 2HT) before the deadline.

Being appointed as a proxy

If you have been appointed as someone’s proxy, this means you can cast their vote on their behalf.

You can only be a proxy for close relatives (defined as your spouse, civil partner, parent, grandparent, brother, sister, child or grandchild) and up to two other people.

You can only act as proxy if you are 18 or over and you are registered for that election or referendum.

The person who appointed you will tell you how they want you to vote on their behalf, for example, which candidate, party, or outcome.

How to vote as someone’s proxy

You must go to the polling station of the person who appointed you as their proxy.  If you can’t go to their polling station, you can apply to vote for them by post up to 5pm, 11 working days before the poll.

You will receive a proxy poll card telling you where and when to cast their vote for them.

If you don’t receive a proxy poll card, you should check with the local council of the person who has appointed you as their proxy. They will be able to tell you where to go to vote.

The person who appointed you as their proxy may still vote in person, provided they do so before you have voted for them, or you have not applied to vote for them by post.

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