Time to decide

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The people of Kirriemuir and district will help to decide Scotland’s future tomorrow (Thursday) when they go to the polls to take part in the country’s historic independence referendum.

A total of 4,285,323 people across the country have registered to vote, making it the largest electorate ever in Scotland for an election or referendum.

This has also been reflected in the postal vote with 789,024 applications, the highest ever number of registrations

Teenagers have also seized the opportunity to have their say with 109,533 under 18s registering to vote, 2,490 of them in Angus.

And this week Mary Pitcaithly, the referendum’s chief counting officer, encouraged voters to make sure their vote counts.

She said:“It’s vital that everyone takes great care when completing their ballot paper. Mistakes mean that a ballot paper may not be counted.

“The safest way to ensure your vote counts is to only put one ‘X’ in the box beside the answer you want to choose. Postal voters should ensure they complete their date of birth and signature correctly on the postal voting statement. They have to match the information held on file otherwise we cannot include the ballot paper in the count.

“People who are voting at a polling place should think about what time they are going to vote. Polling places are busiest during the early morning and in the evening as people vote on their way to and from work. If you are able to avoid these times, I would encourage you to do so to ensure everyone can vote without having to queue for any length of time.”

Voters can find more information at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk