With just days to go before the referendum on Scottish independence, Midlothian’s chief counting officer Kenneth Lawrie is urging voters to make sure their vote counts.
He said: “We want everyone’s vote to count, whether they are voting by post or in person at a polling place on 18 September. The safest way to ensure your vote counts is to only put one ‘X’ in the box beside the option you want to choose.”
Every ballot paper in the referendum, whether used or unused, is accounted for throughout the entire process. Mr Lawrie said voter confidence in the overall result was paramount.
Separate counts will be held in each local authority area in Scotland and there will be 32 local totals, leading to one overall national result. There is only one result – the aggregate of all 32 local totals.
Guidance for voters is available at a local and national level to help you at every stage of the referendum process to make sure your vote counts. For local information about voting visit www.midlothian.gov.uk/scottish-referendum