Getting ready for the Referendum

The Scottish Independence Referendum will be held on September 18th when voters will be asked ‘Should Scotland be an independent country? Yes or No’.

Malcolm Burr, Counting Officer for the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar area, is reminding voters of some simple steps to make sure that they can have their say in the Referendum.

To vote in the Referendum you will need to be aged 16 or over on September 18th and be living in Scotland.

You must also be a British, qualifying Commonwealth or European Union citizen.

Anyone who is not on the electoral register by September 2nd will not be able to vote.

To register to vote you need to contact the Electoral Registration Officer and be registered by September 2nd.

Voting by post is also a convenient way of voting and your Postal Vote can be sent to your home address or any other address that you give.

Applications for Postal Votes must be received by the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on September 3rd.

The first issue of Postal Votes will take place on August 28th and to be included in this issue your application for a Postal Vote must be received by the Electoral Registration Officer by no later than 5pm on Friday, August 15th.

If you are unable to attend a Polling Station you can appoint a Proxy, who is someone you trust to vote on your behalf. Anyone can be your Proxy as long as that person is eligible to vote in the Referendum. The deadline for applying for a Proxy Vote is 5pm on September 3rd.

To register as an elector, or apply for a Postal/Proxy vote you should contact the Electoral Registration Officer on 01851 706262 or log on to the About my Vote website: