You may be able to get a proxy to cast your vote in the UK. Photo: AFP
British voters living in France have been advised that they might be able to get a last-minute proxy vote if their postal vote has not arrived.
The UK goes to the polls on Thursday for the European elections – ahead of France where voting will take place on Sunday.
But hundreds of British people living in France have reported problems with the postal voting system.
Widespread problems have been reported with the postal voting system. Photo: AFP
Many people say that their postal votes have either not arrived, or arrived so late that they will not make it back to the UK in time for the deadline – which is 10pm on Thursday.
Although it may be too late, people concerned about their vote have been advised that it may be possible to register for an emergency proxy vote.
Normally voters must register in advance for either a postal vote or a proxy vote – where you ask a friend or family member to cast your vote on your behalf – and you can only register for one.
However there is an option to get a last-minute proxy vote which is usually used if an emergency or illness prevents a person from getting to the polling station.
Because of the widely reported problems with the postal system, it is understood that some local authorities will extend emergency proxies to people living overseas.
Kalba Meadow of citizens rights group Remain in France Together (RIFT) posted online that her MEP had told her: "You could call them and ask for an emergency proxy vote. Some local authorities are allowing it."
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