Scottish Independence Referendum

Submitted by edg on Wed, 26 Mar '14 5.44pm
Time & place

Polls are open from 7am til 10pm throughout the day on what is likely to be the most important vote that Scots make in their lifetimes.

The referendum on independence for Scotland asks registered voters in Scotland to vote a "yes" or "no" to a proposal.

‘Should Scotland be an independent country?’


To find out whether you can vote and how you can vote the best resource is About My Vote. Here you can find official advice from the Electoral Commission on eligibility to vote, how to register to vote, and how to vote itself, whether that be by post, in person at a polling station, or by proxy.

See also the Lothian Valuation Joint Board.

Referendum Result

Votes will be counted as soon as possible after the close of the poll at 10pm. Separate counts will be held by each local authority in Scotland with 32 local totals, each of which will be verified at the Royal Highland Centre in Ingliston. Results for the different local authorities will be declared through the night - Edinburgh and Glasgow are expected to declare at 5am. The total for Aberdeen is expected to be the last result declared.

The overall national result will be declared when one side has secured a mathematical victory, expected to be at 7am on Friday morning.

The winner is the side that gains the most votes even if the difference is one single vote.