Scottish independence: Postal ballot papers to be sent out

Polling card for Scottish referendum Those who have chosen to vote by post should start to receive their papers this week

Local councils are set to begin sending out postal ballot papers for the Scottish independence referendum.

Voters have just one week left to register to take part in the poll on 18 September.

Those who have signed up to vote by post will start to receive their papers from Wednesday.

More than 50,000 registration forms were downloaded from the Electoral Commission's website between August 11 and 20.

About 2.5m copies of the commission's impartial voting guide were sent out during that period.

Key dates and times

  • Register to vote by midnight 2 September, 2014
  • Register for a postal or proxy vote by 5pm on 3 September, 2014
  • The deadline for an emergency proxy is 5pm on 18 September, 2014
  • Make sure your postal vote arrives by 10pm on 18 September, 2014
  • Vote at polling places between 7am and 10pm on 18 September, 2014

The commission's television, radio, billboard and online advertising campaign runs until the registration deadline on 2 September.

Andy O'Neill, head of the Scotland Office at the Electoral Commission, said: "There's a huge amount of interest in the referendum and that's reflected in the unprecedented response to the first 10 days of our awareness campaign.

"With just a week left to register to vote, we're encouraging anyone who is not already registered to download a form at or call our helpline on 0800 3 280 280 to request one as soon as possible."

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