72,000 in Argyll and Bute register for referendum

72,002 people are registered to vote in the independence referendum in Argyll and Bute alone.
72,002 people are registered to vote in the independence referendum in Argyll and Bute alone.

More than 72,000 people have registered to vote in next week’s independence referendum in Argyll and Bute alone.

The total electorate figure for the whole of Scotland, announced on Thursday, is 4,385,323 - the largest ever in Scotland for any election or referendum - of whom 72,002 are in the Argyll and Bute Council area.

Of the 789,024 people who applied for a postal vote across the country - also a record for that method of voting - 14,409 are located in Argyll and Bute, while 835 people in the area have applied for a proxy vote.

To those planning to vote in person, chief counting officer Mary 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, I would encourage you to do so to ensure everyone can vote without having to queue for any length of time.”

Polling stations on Bute will be located at the Kingarth Hotel, Port Bannatyne village hall, Rothesay Pavilion and the Moat community centre - check your polling card if you’re planning to vote in person and are unsure which polling station you should attend. Polls are open from 7am to 10pm on Thursday, September 18.