Postal and proxy voting is becoming more and more popular with some areas boasting more than a quarter of all votes cast using these methods.
Postal votes allow you to fit your democratic duty into your lifestyle, while proxy votes can by used to help those unable to exercise their right due to injury or illness.
Please also remember that if you like going to the polling station on Election Day you can still do that by taking your postal vote to the polling station. But if for some reason you are going to be away, a postal vote gives you flexibility and it gives you choice. It puts the power in your hands.