Can't get to a polling station?

Published: Friday, 15th November 2019

If you're registered to vote in the forthcoming General Election but you won't be able to make it to a polling station on the day, don't worry. There are other options.

Anyone unable to get to a polling station on the day can apply for a postal or proxy vote.

Postal votes

A postal vote means you can post your vote to the Council in advance of the election. The deadline to apply for a postal vote for the General Election is 5pm on 26 November. Visit the Apply for a Postal Vote webpage for details.

Proxy votes

With a proxy vote you can nominate a specific person to vote on your behalf at your polling station. The deadline to apply for a proxy vote for the General Election is 5pm on 4 December. Visit the Apply for a Proxy Vote webpage for details.

Register to vote

And if you're not already registered, the deadline for the General Election is midnight on 26 November. Visit the Register to Vote webpage for details. 

"Postal and proxy voting offer alternatives for those who, for whatever reason, know they won't be able to make it to vote in person in their polling station. We want to make sure that everyone who is entitled to vote can do so, so please consider one of these alternatives if you aren't going to be able to get there." 

Oxford City Council Returning Officer, Anita Bradley 

More details

Registered electors will receive a polling card in the post with details of their polling station.

EU citizens, who are not British, Irish, Cypriot or Maltese, are not eligible to vote in UK Parliamentary elections.

Students who are registered in Oxford and at their home address must choose one place in which to vote. It is an offence to vote more than once at a national-level election.

Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm on 12 December. The results will be announced on 13 December 2019.

For more information, to find out if you are already registered or if you would like a paper application form, phone our Electoral Registration Office on 01865 249811 or email