With a staggering 97% of Scotland’s adult population now registered to vote, North Ayrshire’s Electoral Counting Officer, Elma Murray, is urging locals to plan when they intend to cast their vote at Thursday’s Independence Referendum.
Ms Murray, also Chief Executive of North Ayrshire Council, says polling stations are normally very busy at peak times – around 8.00am, lunchtime and between 5.00pm and 7.00pm. With more people than ever expected to vote in the referendum, these times could see queues forming, so it is being suggested that if people can attend at other times it might help to avoid congestion. Polls are open from 7.00am until 10.00pm.
Elma Murray said, “Plan what time you will cast your vote at the polling station, leaving plenty of time before the 10.00pm deadline. Read and bring your polling card which should have come through the door. It says where their polling station is. It’s not compulsory to bring the polling card in order to vote, but it will speed-up the process in the polling station.
“I would to urge local residents to go out and vote early on September 18th”
The ballot paper for the referendum has one question – Should Scotland be an independent country? – and voters should mark their preference by placing an ‘X’ in the box next to either ‘YES’ or ‘No’.
Anyone who has not received their polling card or who has questions about voting is asked to contact North Ayrshire Council’s Referendum Office on 01294 324710.