Postal and proxy voting
2.6An elector votes in person unless shown in the absent voters list for the election as entitled to vote by post or by proxy.1 Eligibility for an absent vote is determined in accordance with the Representation of the People Act 2000, sch 4 (under which an applicant for a postal vote no longer has to give a reason), except in Northern Ireland, where the provisions remain as in the Representation of the People Act 1985, ss 6–9.
These Acts recite the duties of the registration officer to allow applications to be treated as an absent voter, and to keep a record of absent voters and of those for whom proxies have been appointed (as well as of the names and addresses of the persons so appointed). An appeal against the registration officer's decision is the same as that in connection with registration of voters (see above).
- 1. Representation of the People Act 2000, sch 4 (England, Wales and Scotland); Representation of the People Act 1985, s 5(2) (Northern Ireland). If, however, a person entitled to vote by proxy applies for a ballot paper from the appropriate polling station before the ballot paper has been issued to enable him to vote by proxy, he may vote in person at the polling station.