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Independence Referendum - who can vote

Eligibility to vote in the Referendum on the 18th September 2014 is not restricted to UK citizens resident in Scotland. This page describes all groups who qualify to receive a vote.

Polling Station

UK citizens

All UK citizens resident in Scotland aged 18 and over, as of September 2014, will be eligible to vote in the referendum. In addition voters require to be on the Electoral Register which is sometimes referred to as the Electoral Roll.

For the first time people aged between 16 and 18 years, who are included in the Register of Young Voters, will be able to vote.

Foreign nationals

People resident in Scotland who hold passports from qualifying countries will also be able to vote in the referendum.

European Union

Citizens of EU countries, resident in Scotland, will be eligible to vote in the referendum:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden


Citizens of Commonwealth countries, resident in Scotland, will be eligible to vote in the referendum:

Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Brunei Darussalam, Cameroon, Canada, Cyprus, Dominica, Fiji Islands, the Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & The Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Vanuatu,  Zambia and Zimbabwe

Dependent Territories

Citizens of Dependent Territories, resident in Scotland, will be eligible to vote in the referendum:

Anguilla, Bermuda, British Antartic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn Island, St Helena and Dependencies (Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha), South Georgia and the South, Sandwich Islands, Sovereign base areas of Cyprus, Turks and Caicos Islands.

Hong Kong

A person from Hong Kong, resident in Scotland, if they hold a British Dependent Territories, British Nationals (Overseas) or British Overseas passport will be eligible to vote in the referendum.

Registering to vote

The Electoral Registration Office are, during September to December 2013, conducting a canvass of people living in the Highlands (EROs for the other areas of Scotland will be doing the same) to update the Electoral Register. This canvass will include the collection of data on those aged 16 to 18 years (at the time of the referendum) so they can be included on the Register of Young Persons.

If you are unsure if you are registered to vote you should contact your local Electoral Registration Office to enquire. The Highland area Electoral Registration Office can be contacted on 0800 393783.

In all cases a person must be included in either the Electoral Register or the Register of Young Persons to vote. If you want to register to vote you can download the Electoral Registration Form and return it to your Electoral Registration Office (Highland area address is on the form).

The Electoral Register is updated on a continuing basis so as soon as your application is processed you will be added to the register. However, it might be expected that there will be a rush of applications just prior to the referendum so it would be prudent to make an application soon. The Electoral Commission have stated that voters must be registered by September 2nd 2014 at the latest.

Part of the information on this page has been taken from the Highland Council website and is reproduced here for your convenience.


This is an archived copy of the Yes Highland website created prior to the referendum in September 2014.

If you are looking for the current website please go to