Referendum poll cards to be issued

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Over four million poll cards are being issued to the Scottish electorate this week as Counting Officers across Scotland today publish formal notice of the Scottish Independence Referendum.

Poll cards are being dispatched between Thursday, August 14 and Friday, August 15 to every registered voter to provide them with details of their local polling place and how to vote in the referendum.

Counting Officers are required to publish a formal notice of the Scottish Independence Referendum in their area to outline the date for the referendum on Thursday, September 18, details of polling places, who is eligible to vote and a reminder to eligible people to ensure they are registered to vote.

Applications to the electoral register must be received by electoral registration offices by midnight on Tuesday, September 2.

Applications to vote by post or by proxy must be received by 5pm on Wednesday, September 3.

The Chief Counting Office for the Scottish Independence Referendum, Mary Pitcaithly is urging those who are eligible to make sure they can participate in the referendum by ensuring they are registered to vote.

She said: “Only people who are registered to vote and are aged 16 or over on the day of the referendum will be entitled to vote, so it is vital that those who want to take part ensure their details are on the electoral register.

“It may be worth taking the time to check your details are on the register and that they are up-to-date, particularly if you’ve changed address in recent months.

“Poll cards are being issued this week to people who are already on the electoral roll, providing them with essential information about how and where to vote on 18 September.”

Polling places are open from 7am to 10pm on Thursday, September 18 2014.

Voters can obtain more information about the referendum and how to vote at