Voting by Proxy

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We’ve submitted evidence to the recent inquiry on whether Parliament should introduce a more formal system of voting by proxy.

Voting by proxy is the practice of allowing someone else to cast your vote for you. In Parliament, when MPs go on extended leave, for example when they have a baby, there is no formal system in place; rather, arrangements are often made informally and, potentially, inconsistently.

Our submission argues that a proxy voting system would make mechanisms of leave fairer to MPs and more transparent to the public.

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(2018). Voting by Proxy. [online] mySociety Research. Available at: [Accessed 20 Jul 2018].