#indyref: Don’t risk losing your vote!
You’ve registered to vote for the first time in a decade. You’ve informed yourself about the issues facing Scotland, and of the risks and rewards of independence. You’ve decided whether Scotland’s future is better as a part of the UK or on its own.
The last thing you want to do is turn up to the polling station and be refused a ballot.
In the 2010 general election, thousands of people were turned away from polling stations in London, Birmingham, Newcastle and elsewhere in England because they did not arrive at the polling station on time.
Poll are open from 7am to 10pm BST, giving voters 15 hours to turn up and cast their ballots. As Jenny Watson, the Chair of the Electoral Commission, explained at the time, the law does not allow a voter to receive a ballot paper after 10pm. It is not enough to be in the queue at 10pm, even if you were there for over an hour. Only if you have a ballot paper in your hands at 10pm will you be allowed to vote.
Turnout for this referendum is estimated between 85 and 90%, meaning that polling stations will be far busier than in a general election, and long queues can be expected at some of the busier polling stations. Voting in the morning will likely be the safer option, but if you must vote in the evening and you see a queue, join it. A lot of those who missed out on their vote in 2010 saw the queue and decided to return later, and ended up returning too late.
This decision is too important to allow this to happen to you!