Referendum postal votes applications ‘unprecedented’

Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

The second batch of postal vote packs for the Scottish independence referendum will start to arrive in homes across the Borders from today.

14,628 postal votes have been issued across the Borders. Since August 11 an additional 2,552 postal voters were added to the electoral register.

Tracey Logan, counting officer for the Scottish Borders Council Area, said: “The number of postal vote applications, especially those arriving close to the deadline, reached unprecedented levels. Due to this high demand the external printing company used by SBC and a number of other councils faced a slight delay in getting this latest batch of postal vote ballot papers issued - but they are still expected to arrive from today so there is still plenty of time to return them by 18 September.

“Anyone who was not previously on the Electoral Register and who did not manage to register before the deadline of 2 September, unfortunately will not be able to vote. The deadline is set in legislation and applications received after this cannot legally be accepted, whatever the reason for the late submission.”

The first batch of postal votes (for those who were already on the electoral register, or who had applied before 14 August) was issued from 27 August.

This means that anyone who registered for a postal vote after 13 August – but before the deadline of 5pm on 3 September should expect their postal voting pack to be delivered to the address they provided from today.

The total electorate for the Scottish Borders Council Area is 95,533.