If you will be away on polling day, at work or on holiday, are physically unable or just don't have the time to get to a polling station to vote in person, you can still exercise your democratic right to vote. You may have moved house since the electoral register was drawn up and have not yet joined the register at your new address.
You can choose either to vote by post or to appoint someone else - a proxy - to vote on your behalf.
VOTING BY POST OR PROXY
Voting by post is an option for anyone who will be unable to get to a polling station to vote either because of being away, being at work or being physically unable to attend. Anyone who is registered to vote is also entitled to vote by post.
To vote by post you need to complete an application form as soon as possible. Do not wait for an election to be called. This form requires you to provide your date of birth and your signature; this information will be retained by Southwark Council.
Someone voting on behalf of another is called a proxy. Anyone is eligible to nominate a proxy to vote on their behalf. You need to complete an application form to nominate someone to vote as your proxy.
At election time you will be required to provide this information again when you return your vote by post. In this way your vote can be checked against voting records and help to protect against postal vote election fraud.
For more information about postal and proxy voting, and to obtain an application form, please contact Southwark Council Electoral Services.
Tel: 020 7525 7373
Fax: 020 7525 7614
Southwark Borough Council
London SE5 8UB