Southern Scotland voters still say No

Less than a week before the historic Scottish independence referendum an ITV Border poll suggests that two thirds of voters in southern Scotland who have made up their minds will be voting no.

In the third survey, conducted this week by ComRes for ITV Border focusing solely on voters in the South of Scotland, 27% of the 1000 voters polled said they intend to vote yes. 56% said they will vote no. 17% are undecided.

Since the last ComRes/ITV Border Poll in June there has been a relatively small swing of three points towards the Yes campaign, a change within the margin of error.

When don’t knows were excluded, 33% said Yes and 67% said No. In June 30% said Yes and 70% said No and in January 29% said Yes and 71% said No.

A total of 4,285,323 people have registered to vote in the Scottish independence referendum on Thursday, September 18, making it the largest electorate ever in Scotland for an election or referendum. The number of postal voters - 789,024 people – is also the largest volume of registration for postal votes ever in Scotland.

Chief Counting Officer for the Scottish Independence Referendum, Mary Pitcaithly said: “I want everyone’s vote to count, whether they are voting by post or in person at a polling place on 18 September. It’s vital that everyone takes great care when completing their ballot paper.

“Mistakes mean that a ballot paper may not be counted.

“The safest way to ensure your vote counts is to only put one ‘X’ in the box beside the answer you want to choose.

“Postal voters should ensure they complete their date of birth and signature correctly on the postal voting statement. They have to match the information held on file otherwise we cannot include the ballot paper in the count.

“People who are voting at a polling place should think about what time they are going to vote.

“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, I would encourage you to do so to ensure everyone can vote without having to queue for any length of time.”

Measures have been put in place to reduce the risk of queuing at the country’s 5,579 polling stations and many polling places will allocate additional staff to assist during busy times.