- Published: Friday, 12 September 2014 07:30
Record number to vote
A record number of Scotland’s potential electorate have registered to vote in the Scottish Independence Referendum next Thursday, leading to predictions it could be the largest electorate ever in Scotland. The total figure for postal votes now sent out in the Western Isles is 5,125 of the 22,742 electorate. Chief Counting Officer Mary Pitcaithly is encouraging voters to think carefully and plan ahead to make sure their vote is counted. She said: "I want everyone's vote to count, whether they are voting by post or in person. It's vital that everyone takes great care when completing their ballot paper. Mistakes mean that a ballot paper may not be counted.” For the first time in memory it’s expected that queues could form at some polling stations, leading to calls for people to pick their time carefully. Ms Pitcaithly said: “Polling places are busiest during the early morning and in the evening as people vote on their way to and from work. If you are able to, avoid these times to ensure everyone can vote without having to queue."