Over the Christmas/New Year period I found myself having a telephone conversation with an exiled Scot in Australia. He was asking me why Scots abroad could not vote in the referendum, and felt that the vast majority of the diaspora would win the YES campaign by themselves if they were allowed to vote.
I told him that I could certainly sympathise with the plight of exiled Scots in this regard, but managing such a vote would be extremely complicated if not entirely unmanageable. So like it or not, if anyone wants to vote in the referendum on the 18th of September then they would have to be domiciled and registered to vote in Scotland.
As things stand, it turns out that he intends to come home to stay in July, and he will certainly be voting YES.
This conversation stirred up another question though, and that is, when is the latest that a person can register to vote in time for the referendum? This information proved harder to find than I would have imagined, but find out I did.
We all know that the electoral register is updated annually, and every household gets a form in November of each year. In November we all received these forms and an additional form for youngsters who will be 16 by September 18th to allow them to have their say too.
But what folks might not know is that you can register at any time throughout the year.
This information may be vital for Scots returning home to Scotland this year, and in their being able to vote in the referendum.
So if you know of anyone wanting to come back, please let them know that as long as they are domiciled in Scotland with their main residence here, the very latest that they can be on the electoral role is midnight on the 3rd of September, if they want to vote in the referendum. After that point they will not be eligible to vote in the referendum.
So spread the word folks….. There may be more returning Scots this year that could make a huge difference to Scotlands future.
Register by 3rd September!! You can do so online or by post!
Register to Vote On line:
Register to Vote
It is also possible to vote even if you have no fixed address by visiting your nearest electoral registration office in person and filling in a form.