The Referendum In Numbers

On Thursday 18th September voters in Scotland go to the polls

They'll be asked to answer 'Yes' or 'No' to the question 'Should Scotland be an independent country?'.

Here's a numerical guide to the referendum process, campaign and possible result:


The number of people who have registered to vote in the referendum. It's the biggest ever electorate for any election or referendum in Scotland.


The number of 16 and 17-year-olds who have registered to vote in the referendum. It's the first time anyone under 18 has been allowed to take part in any major poll in the UK.


The number of people who applied for a postal vote - the most ever in Scotland. Many have already returned their ballot papers and the process of verifying them has begun.

Ballot Box5,579

The number of polling stations which will be open around Scotland on Thursday. In most areas there's a maximum of 800 voters allocated to each polling station, to reduce the risk of queues.


The number of hours for which the polling stations will be open on Thursday. Polling begins at 7am and all votes must be cast by 10pm.

112 Days

The length of the official campaign period. The regulated 'referendum period' began on 30th May 2014 and runs until polling day.

Pound coins£1.5 million

The maximum amount of money which can be spent by each of the official lead campaigners during the 'referendum period'. Better Together and Yes Scotland were also given one free mailshot each, the right to air referendum campaign broadcasts, and free use of certain public rooms.


The maximum amount which any other individual or organisation could spend campaigning during the 'referendum period' without having to register with the Electoral Commission as an official supporter of one side or the other.

#indyref twitter37.5k

The number of users following the official Better Together twitter feed, @UK_Together.


The number of users following the official Yes Scotland twitter feed, @YesScotland.

4.87 million

The number of tweets sent since 18th September 2013 with the hashtag #indyref, according to data analytics tool Topsy Pro.


The number of local counts being held across Scotland. Each council will collect and count all the votes cast within its area immediately after polls close at 10pm on Thursday. The local Counting Officer will then report the result for the area to the Chief Counting Officer in Edinburgh.


The approximate number of passes which are expected to be issued for the Media Centre at the Royal Highland Centre at Ingliston in Edinburgh. All votes from the City of Edinburgh area will be counted here immediately after polls close. Once results have been reported by all 32 local Counting Officers, the Chief Counting Officer will declare the final result in front of the world's media in Highland Hall.

552 Days

The length of time between the declaration of the final result and the proposed Scottish Independence Day. If there is a yes vote, the Scottish Government's white paper suggests the country could leave the UK on 24th March 2016.

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