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Apply to vote by post or proxy

Instead of going to your polling station, you can vote by post or choose someone to vote on your behalf (proxy).

Vote by post

You can vote by post instead of going to your polling station.

If you have a postal vote, you can't vote at a polling station.

Download a postal vote application form
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If you can't print the form, you can email electoral.services@merton.gov.uk and ask us to send one to you by post.

The deadline to apply for new, or amend existing, postal vote arrangements for the London Mayoral and Assembly elections on 6 May was 5pm Tuesday 20 April.

The dates on which postal votes are due to be dispatched are as follows:

Application received by Postal vote dispatched around
5 March 2021 16 April 2021
14 April 2021 (5pm)26 April 2021
20 April 2021 (5pm)28 April 2021

Once registered to vote by post, you will receive a postal vote pack containing your ballot paper(s) and a postal vote statement. You mark the ballot paper(s), complete the postal vote statement and return it to us in the pre-paid envelope provided.

When applying to vote by post, you must provide us with your date of birth and signature. These are checked against the completed postal vote statement at an election to keep your vote secure.

If you cannot give a consistent signature due to a disability or an illness, you may be eligible to have the requirement for you to provide your signature on your form waived and nominate somebody to help you complete the form. Please email electoral.services@merton.gov.uk to request a postal vote waiver application form.

Vote by proxy

If you can't go to your polling station you can apply to vote by proxy. This means that someone can vote on your behalf. This is useful if you are overseas and it would be difficult to return your postal vote in time.

Your proxy must be legally able to vote and they cannot vote on behalf of more than two people unless they are closely related to them.

Download a proxy application form
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You have to give a reason for a proxy application. If applying for a long-term proxy you also normally need to have it countersigned. An emergency proxy vote application must be countersigned.

The deadline to apply for new, or amend existing, proxy vote arrangements for the London Mayoral and Assembly elections on 6 May was 5pm Tuesday 27 April.

For those who choose to vote in person, we are working hard to ensure that polling stations will be safe places to vote on 6 May. Voters are encouraged to keep themselves and others safe by:

  • wearing a face covering
  • bringing their own pen or pencil
  • cleaning their hands when entering and leaving the polling station
  • keeping a safe distance

Emergency proxy vote

You can apply to vote by emergency proxy if, after 5pm on Tuesday 27 April 2021, you are unable to vote in person because you:

  • have a medical emergency or
  • learn you cannot go to the polling station because of work reasons.

To find out how to apply, please email electoral.services@merton.gov.uk.

Completed applications must reach us before 5pm on Thursday 6 May 2021.