Published: 15/08/2014 08:03 - Updated: 14/08/2014 16:52

Moray prepares for independence vote

vote voting picturePOLLING cards will be dropping on doormats for people to vote in the Scottish independence referendum.

The country will decide whether to say as part of the UK or become an independent nation on Thursday, September 18.

Cards will be sent to over 74,000 registered electors in the Moray Council area advising them of polling station details or if they have opted for a postal or proxy vote.

Mark Palmer, counting officer, said: "Electors should read the information on the poll cards carefully, and note that some polling places may have changed since the last time they turned out to vote."

In Forres, some electors from the west side of the town who have previously gone to the town hall will now vote at the Victoria Hotel function suite on Tytler Street.

In Urquhart, the polling place has moved from the Royal Oak pub to Urquhart Village Hall, while in Portessie the primary school is no longer used and the polling place is now located in Portessie Methodist Church Hall.

The polling place previously located at the Fishermen’s Hall in Buckie has been relocated to Buckie Methodist Church Hall in nearby Titness Street to make way for the referendum count which will be held there overnight.

A new polling place now serves voters in the east of Elgin at Pinefield Community Church and the polling place previously located in West End School in Elgin has been relocated to the Moray Conference Centre at the Mansefield Hotel.

Existing postal voters should note that the postal votes will be dispatched around August 28.

Two deadlines are also approaching.

Anyone not yet on the register of electors has until Tuesday, September 2 to be included, while people can apply for postal or proxy votes until Wednesday, September 3.

This also applies for those who need to update personal details or advise of a change of address, which can be done by contacting the electoral registration officer on 01343 541203 or through the website

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