Referendum Day: Scots voting in their droves

Scots have turned out to vote in their droves as the nation decides whether or not it will end its 307-year-old union with the United Kingdom.

Thursday, 18th September 2014, 7:39 pm
Many voters made a early visit to their polling place (Picture: Michael Gillen)

Queues began outside some polling stations as early as 6 a.m. - an hour before the polls opened - as eager voters rushed to cast their ballot papers before the start of the working day.

A total of 4.3 million people are registered to vote - 97 per cent of those eligible - with turnout set to be at a record high.

By 10 a.m, 18.5 per cent of registered adults in Scotland had already cast their vote - nearly a fifth of the voter base.

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Many voters made a early visit to their polling place (Picture: Michael Gillen)

A poll released this morning from Ipsos Mori claimed that as many as 95 per cent of the electorate are expected to vote, including 90 per cent of those aged 16-24. The poll also revealed that the decision remains on a knife edge, as 53 per cent of certain voters said they intend to vote No, with 47 per cent to vote Yes.

The latest polling figures mirror those from previous surveys released in the days running up to the referendum.

One of those making an early start was Better Together figurehead Alistair Darling, who caast his vote at the Church Hill Theatre in Edinburgh’s Morningside.