Over four million poll cards issued for Scottish Independence Referendum

Make sure you are registered to vote on September 18th
Make sure you are registered to vote on September 18th

Over four million poll cards are being issued to the Scottish electorate this week as Counting Officers across Scotland publish formal notice of the Scottish Independence Referendum.

Poll cards are being dispatched between Thursday August 14th and Friday August 15th to every registered voter to provide them with details of their local polling place and how to vote in the referendum.

The Chief Counting Office for the Scottish Independence Referendum, Mary Pitcaithly is urging those who are eligible to make sure they can participate in the referendum by ensuring they are registered to vote.

Mary Pitcaithly said: “Only people who are registered to vote and are aged 16 or over on the day of the referendum will be entitled to vote, so it is vital that those who want to take part ensure their details are on the electoral register.

“It may be worth taking the time to check your details are on the register and that they are up-to-date, particularly if you’ve changed address in recent months.

“Poll cards are being issued this week to people who are already on the electoral roll, providing them with essential information about how and where to vote on September 18th.”

Applications to the electoral register must be received by electoral registration offices by midnight on September 2nd. Applications to vote by post or by proxy must be received by 5pm on September 3rd.

Currently, there are 4,166,683 (as at August 1st) registered electors on the electoral roll in Scotland.

This week also marks the deadline at 12 noon on Thursday August 14th for applications for local referendum agents by registered campaigners.

Polling places are open from 7am to 10pm on Thursday September 18th. Voters can obtain more information about the referendum and how to vote at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk