Nearly 4.3million people have registered to vote in next week’s Scottish independence referendum – 97 per cent of those eligible. The referendum is set to be the biggest poll in Scotland’s history, with more people registered to vote than ever before. Registration figures were released today as a new opinion poll gave the ‘No’ campaign a slim lead, following a barrage of bad news for First Minister Alex Salmond. The latest poll suggested that 53 per cent of Scots opposed independence with 47 per cent in favour, excluding those who have yet to make up their minds. The total number of people who have registered for next Thursday’s referendum is 4,285,323, more than for any previous election or referendum in Scotland, according to the vote’s ‘chief counting officer’.
Nearly 800,000 of those applied for a postal ballot – meaning they are likely to have already cast their vote.
Official statistics released this year indicated that the total population of Scotland is around 5.33million, with 4.42million of those aged at least 16 – the minimum age to vote in the referendum.
That means that just over 97 per cent of eligible voters have signed up to cast a ballot next week.