Election 2019

General election 2019: Scotland goes to the polls

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Image caption Voters arrive at a polling station at the Loch Lomond Arms in Luss

Voters in Scotland are going to the polls in the UK general election.

Counting will start as soon as the polls close at 22:00, with the first Scottish results due at about 01:00 on Friday.

The bulk of constituencies across the UK are likely to declare between 03:00 and 05:00.

The BBC, like other broadcasters, is not allowed to report details of campaigning or election issues while the polls are open.

Early voting was disrupted at a polling station in North Lanarkshire after a suspicious device was found.

Police said a controlled explosion was carried out after the "non-viable" device was found on the ground floor of Glen Tower flats in Motherwell at about 01:00.

A community room in the building was due to be used as a polling station for voters in the area, who were asked to go to a nearby school instead. A 48-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident.

A record total of 4,053,140 people in Scotland registered to vote ahead of the deadline on 26 November - including 728,148 to registered to vote by post.

The first indication of how the various parties have done in the election will come at 22:00 on Thursday, when the BBC, ITV and Sky News publish the results of an exit poll.

At each of the past few elections, the exit poll has produced a very accurate projection of the actual result.

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Image caption Nicola Sturgeon at her polling station in Glasgow
Image caption Scottish Conservative leader Jackson Carlaw cast his vote at Clarkston Hall in East Refrewshire
Image caption Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard voted in Paisley
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Image caption Jo Swinson prepares to vote in Bearsden
Image caption Scottish Green Party co-leader Patrick Harvie arrives to vote in Glasgow

How do I vote?

The deadline for registering to vote in this general election was on 26 November, and many people have already voted by post.

If you are on the electoral register, you should have received a polling card. This contains your polling number and polling place address.

You must vote at your designated polling place any time between 07:00 and 22:00 on election day.

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Media captionGeneral election 2019: A simple guide for Scottish voters

Voters in Scotland do not need to take their polling card or any other form of ID with them when they go to vote.

You will be given a ballot paper listing candidates and parties in your constituency.

Take it to a screened booth, and use the pencil to put an X in the box next to the name of your preferred candidate.

If you make a mistake you can get another ballot paper, as long as you have not put it in the ballot box.

When you are ready, fold the ballot paper - for privacy - and put it in the box where the votes are collected.

What about the weather?

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Image caption A man clears snow outside the polling station at the village hall in Dalwhinnie
Image caption The Met Office warned of icy conditions in areas like Carrbridge in the Highlands
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Image caption Voters at Crianlarich Village Hall

Two yellow weather warnings had been in place until 10:00 on Thursday morning.

One stretched from central Scotland through Perthshire and the Highlands to Wick, while another covers an area covered parts of South Lanarkshire, the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

The Met Office had said surfaces and roads could be slippery, and advised people to take care when walking or driving - but had not expected any major disruption.

Met Office spokesman Oli Claydon stressed the conditions were "nothing unusual for the time of year".

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Media captionBBC Scotland's HQ in Glasgow has been transformed for the general election

How can I follow the results on BBC Scotland?


There will be live rolling coverage through the night on the BBC Scotland news website from 22:00, with all of the latest news and analysis as the results come in.

Social media

Every result from around Scotland will be tweeted, while colour from the night will be available on all Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

  • Twitter - @BBCScotlandNews
  • Facebook - BBC Scotland News
  • Instagram - @bbcscotnews


BBC One Scotland's live election coverage starts at 21:55 on Thursday.

Glenn Campbell will be presenting the programme, with analysis from Brian Taylor plus guests throughout the night. Laura Miller will be mapping out the story with state-of-the-art graphics,

Rebecca Curran and Martin Geissler will provide news of and reaction to the results and BBC Scotland will be at every count across the country.

Nick Sheridan and Fiona Stalker will be at the Election Cafe at Pacific Quay where they will talk to journalists and other commentators.


Gillian Marles and Bill Whiteford will present live coverage on BBC Radio Scotland throughout the night as the results arrive.

Donald Morrison and James MacDonald are the presenters on Radio nan Gaidheal and will speak to party representatives, experts and other journalists at the counts