Voters encouraged to plan ahead for Scottish Independence Referendum

Postal voters are being urged to return their postal votes as soon as possible before the Scottish Independence Referendum.

More than 65,600 people have already sent their postal vote to the Counting Officer ahead of the poll on Thursday.

But 20% of the postal votes originally issued are still to be returned.

Those yet to post their vote are being encouraged to send their ballot paper early enough to ensure it arrives with the Counting Officer by 10pm on 18th September.

Sue Bruce, Counting Officer for Edinburgh and Chief Executive for City of Edinburgh Council, said: “We are reaching the final stages of preparation for the Referendum  and I know many people have already cast their vote by post."

Those planning to vote in person on 18th September are also being asked to attend throughout the day and where possible avoid visiting polling places during busy periods, which are expected to be before and after work.

Sue Bruce added: “We have record numbers of electorate registered and are anticipating queuing across the city’s polling places. I would urge that, where possible, voters make use of the whole day and consider visiting their local polling places at times such as mid-morning or mid-afternoon.”

The Scottish Independence Referendum will take place across Scotland on Thursday, 18th September, with polling places open for voting between 7am and 10pm. Further information on where and how to vote is available on polling cards and on the Council website.

Members of the public who are unsure of whether they have registered to vote can also find further information on the Lothian Valuation Joint Board website.

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