Final day to apply to vote by post or by proxy

Edinburgh’s voters have until the end of today (Wednesday) to apply to vote by post or by proxy in the Scottish Independence Referendum.

Those wishing to vote by post or by proxy must be on the electoral role already, for which registration closed on Tuesday. 

Edinburgh has already returned 40,000 postal votes to the Counting Officer, 57.5% of the postal voting packs first issued. 

But the public still have until 5pm today to apply for a postal voting pack, which they will receive after 8th September.  

Postal packs contain a ballot paper, a postal voting statement, an ‘A’ envelope to put the completed ballot paper in and a ‘B’ envelope to return the ‘A’ envelope with completed ballot paper enclosed. These must be returned to the Counting Officer by 10pm on Thursday 18th September. 

Sue Bruce, Chief Executive of City of Edinburgh Council and Counting Officer for Edinburgh, said: “This is the final chance for those wishing to vote by post or by proxy to apply, so make sure you do so if you’re not able to get to a polling station or will be out of the country on 18th September. 

“I want everyone’s vote to count, so would urge postal voters to take care when completing their postal voting statement by inserting the correct date of birth and signature and putting one ‘X’ in the box beside the option they want to choose.” 

Voters have been sent poll cards with further information on how and where to vote on 18 September, when polling places will be open from 7am until 10pm. 

Further information on voting in the Referendum, including a list of polling places, can be found on the City of Edinburgh Council's website.

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