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Voting has now begun in Scotland's independence referendum.
Polling stations opened at seven o'clock this morning and will close at 10 o'clock this evening.
The result is expected to be known at around breakfast time tomorrow
Many of the people in Scotland come from rural towns and villages, where farming has a huge impact on the economy. Farming subsidies and trade has been a key battleground for local campaigners from both sides.
Jenny Longden has been speaking to two farmers with opposite views, on what they think the referendum means to The Farming Industry.
- 32 counts across Scotland
- 2,608 polling places
- Two counts in the Border region: Dumfries and Galloway and Scottish Borders
- Over 4.2m people have registered to vote
- That's 97.8% of the population
- 789,024 of those are postal votes
- Approximately 80% of postal votes have been returned
- 120% of ballot papers required have been printed so they shouldn't run out.
- Polls open at 7am Thursday September 18th 2014
- Polls close at 10pm - but anyone still in a queue to vote at that point will be able to cast their vote.
- Local results will be announced at individual counts
- The Chief Counting Officer will announce the final result.
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond said the Yes campaign may still be the underdog in the referendum, but added, "Underdogs have a habit of winning sometimes".
The No campaign continues to have a slender lead over Yes ahead of tomorrow's Scottish independence referendum, the latest opinion poll has suggested.
A Panelbase survey found 52% of Scots are to vote for the union, with 48% favouring independence, when undecided voters are excluded. The result is exactly the same as three separate polls which were published last night.
The Panelbase survey, which came out less that 24 hours before voting gets under way in the referendum, continues to suggest the campaign over the future of the UK could go down to the wire.
- Exactly half of the 1,004 people who were questioned said they would be voting No to independence, with 45% voting Yes
- Just five percent of voters have still to make up their mind
- 54% of all men questioned were Yes voters, ahead of 44% voting No and three percent who are undecided
- 39% of women questioned said they would be voting Yes tomorrow, with 54% backing No and seven percent undecided
The way Scottish MPs vote at Westminster will have to change if new powers are handed to the Scottish Parliament in the event of a No vote in the referendum, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said.
The Liberal Democrat leader said it was "not logical" that Scottish MPs should be able to carry on voting on issues which affect only England if there is a further devolution of power from Westminster to Holyrood.
Mr Clegg, along with David Cameron and Ed Miliband, has signed a pledge to hand sweeping new powers to Scotland, if Scots vote to reject independence and remain part of the United Kingdom in tomorrow's referendum.
He made clear, however, that would have consequences for the way votes are organised in the House of Commons.
His comments echo concerns by some Tory MPs who have expressed anger at the way the three leaders have promised greater devolution to Scotland without consulting the Commons. Mr Clegg, however, rejected calls from some campaigners for the creation of a separate English parliament to deal with England-only legislation.
The polls for the Scottish Independence Referendum open tomorrow morning at 7am and remain open until 10pm.
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Dumfries & Galloway:
ITV News Political Analyst Professor Colin Rallings has warned that the margin of error in recent opinion polling means the potential true figure could be anywhere between a 1% Yes lead and a 10% No win.
Three polls released last night all had the No vote ahead by 52% to 48% but include a 3% buffer.
"The pollsters themselves are very concerned about the scope for a bit of a pit opening up in front of them here," he said.
"The turnout is likely to be so high [estimates suggest up to 80%] that perhaps a third of people will never have voted before in a recent election."
This, professor Rallings explained, makes it much more difficult to predict voting patterns based on previous loyalties.
On the last day of campaigning before Scotland's independence referendum the 'Yes' and 'No' sides are making their final pitch for votes.
Gordon Brown told a rally in Glasgow that No campaigners were proud of their patriotic vision of a Scotland that stays in the UK.
But at their rally, also in Glasgow, Yes Scotland campaigners insisted only independence would build a better Scotland.
Our Political Editor Peter MacMahon reports.