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Scottish Independence Referendum 2014

Published Tuesday, September 30, 2014

In the Scottish Independence Referendum held on the 18th September 2014, the proposition ‘Should Scotland be an independent country?’ was rejected by a margin of 10.6 percentage points. The turnout at the referendum was 84.6% including rejected papers (84.5% based on valid votes). This is the highest turnout at a nationwide referendum or parliamentary election in Scotland since the franchise was extended to women in 1918.

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In the Scottish Independence Referendum held on the 18th September 2014, the proposition ‘Should Scotland be an independent country?’ was rejected by a margin of 10.6 percentage points.

• 2,001,926 electors (55.3%) voted ‘No’

• 1,617,989 electors (44.7%) voted ‘Yes’.

There was a majority for ‘No’ in 28 of Scotland’s 32 local authority areas, including the capital, Edinburgh. There was a majority for ‘Yes’ in Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow.

The turnout at the referendum was 84.6% including rejected papers (84.5% based on valid votes). This is the highest turnout at a nationwide referendum or parliamentary election in Scotland since the franchise was extended to women in 1918.

For the first time, 16- and 17-year-olds were eligible to vote. 109,533 people in this age group had registered to vote by polling day.

Commons Briefing papers RP14-50

Author: Roderick McInnes

Topics: Devolution, Election results : UK, Elections

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