Scottish independence: results live


Results summary – 32 out of 32 councils reporting

Votes %
Yes 1,617,989 44.68
No 2,001,926 55.28
Total 3,621,107
Turnout 84.49%

3:14pm – With the declaration of the result in Fife, it is now mathematically impossible for Yes to win. There are two more councils – Highlands and Moray – yet to report, but I’m going to leave the commentary here. I will update the tables later today when they are declared, and I plan to do another blog post tonight/tomorrow morning summarising the results, but that’s it for now.

1:54pm – Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow, has voted for independence, with 53%. Despite this result, it’s hard to see Yes winning.

1:46pm – Just passed the halfway mark with North and South Lanarkshire. Yes won their third victory in North Lanarkshire and No won 54.7% in the South.

1:18pm – Just added East Lothian and Stirling, which also voted No. Overall the No vote is over 53%, and the projection is about the same at 53.1%.

1:11pm – No has overperformed in Midlothian, winning 56%.

1:09pm – Yes is now only just behind by about 1400 votes – it’s too early to call this result. Yes did substantially better in West Dunbartonshire than at the 2012 council election.

12:55pm – We’ve just gotten two more results. In Dundee, Yes has won 57% of the vote. In Renfrewshire, Yes has won 47.2% of the vote. In both cases, this is above my “yes baseline”, so the projected result has narrowed significantly to 51% for No.

12:35pm – No won very, very narrowly in Inverclyde, with 50.08% of the vote.

12:06pm – No has won 53% of the vote in the Western Isles. While this is another very small council area, it’s an area that has been good for the SNP in the past, and because of this my model is now projecting over 60% for No (I’m sure this will drop).

11:51am – Another big No win in Shetland. So far three councils have all voted ‘no’, but while Yes were hoping for a win in Clackmannanshire, the No campaign was always expected to win big in Orkney and Shetland. The three councils cover a very small part of Scotland’s population, so it’s still too early to make any conclusions.

11:08am – Big win for No in the Orkney Islands – 67.8%. This is only just above the No baseline for this area. We also now have turnout figures from a majority of council areas. Aberdeen was also below the average – it appears urban council areas are not performing as well on turnout.

10:57am – Glasgow’s turnout is the lowest so far, on 75%. With Yes hoping for a big result in Glasgow, that is a blow.

10:48am – We now have turnout from 13 council areas, and in East Renfrewshire the turnout is over 90%.

10:34am – We have the first result in Clackmannanshire – 53.8% for No. My model suggests that the Yes baseline in the area was 48.5%, so my projection is predicting a larger No victory due to this council. However, it’s just one council area.

10:08am – The turnout in Dundee City – a strong area for Yes and the SNP – is 78.8%. Normally this would be very good, but is poor for this referendum so far.

9:32am – There are numerous reports of extremely high turnout, including a number of council areas reporting that over 90% of postal votes have been returned. Two councils have officially announced their turnout figures: 88.6% in Clackmannanshire and 83.7% in the Orkney Islands.

8:08am – YouGov have released an exit poll predicting 54% for No, and 46% for Yes.

8:00am – Welcome to the Tally Room coverage of the Scottish independence referendum. Polls closed one hour ago, at 7am AEST, or 10pm GMT. I’ll be covering today’s results in a minimal way as it is a work day, but I will be using the following tables to post the latest updates. We shouldn’t expect results for a number of hours. Election results will be announced by council area – there will be no breakdown of results by polling place, which means no gradual release of results. Each council will announce all its results at the one time. We should start seeing councils reporting their results from 11am, and we’re expecting the two biggest cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh at 2pm, Sydney time.

I have developed a model whereby I have generated my estimate of a “yes baseline” for each council area. Unfortunately it isn’t easy to map results of Scottish or UK elections onto council areas, so I have used the vote for pro-independence parties (primarily the SNP and the Green Party) at the 2012 Scottish local elections. In the case of the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland, the council elections were dominated by independents, so I have used the results of the 2011 Scottish election – conveniently all three council areas map perfectly onto a single constituency.

The model will compare the vote so far to the baseline vote in those councils which have reported, and use that, along with the turnout so far, to project turnout levels and the vote for the two sides of the referendum in the remaining council areas. I don’t need to tell you that this is only a rough guide. It will be difficult to accurately project the results as we go.

Once the results start flowing, I will move this introductory section to the bottom of the post and begin posting commentary under the results table.

Results by council area

Council area Yes votes No votes Yes (%) Enrolment Turnout (%)
Aberdeen 59,390 84,094 41.39 175,740 81.75
Aberdeenshire 71,337 108,606 39.64 206,487 87.19
Angus 35,044 45,192 43.68 93,551 85.84
Argyll and Bute 26,324 37,143 41.48 72,002 88.21
Clackmannanshire 16,350 19,036 46.20 39,970 88.55
Dumfries and Galloway 36,614 70,039 34.33 124,956 85.45
Dundee 53,620 39,880 57.35 118,721 78.83
East Ayrshire 39,762 44,442 47.22 99,662 84.55
East Dunbartonshire 30,624 48,314 38.80 86,836 90.99
East Lothian 27,467 44,283 38.28 81,931 87.63
East Renfrewshire 24,287 41,690 36.81 72,994 90.45
Edinburgh 123,927 194,638 38.90 377,413 84.53
Falkirk 50,489 58,030 46.53 122,453 88.71
Fife 114,148 139,788 44.95 302,108 84.13
Glasgow 194,779 169,347 53.49 486,219 75.00
Highlands 78,069 87,739 47.08 190,782 86.91
Inverclyde 27,243 27,329 49.92 62,482 87.39
Midlothian 26,370 33,972 43.70 69,613 86.76
Moray 27,232 36,935 42.44 75,170 85.41
Na h-Eileanan an Iar 9,195 10,544 46.58 22,908 86.17
North Ayrshire 47,072 49,016 48.99 113,924 84.42
North Lanarkshire 115,783 110,922 51.07 268,697 84.44
Orkney Islands 4,883 10,004 32.80 17,515 83.60
Perth and Kinross 41,475 62,714 39.81 120,015 86.89
Renfrewshire 55,466 62,067 47.19 134,737 87.29
Scottish Borders 27,906 55,553 33.44 95,533 87.43
Shetland Islands 5,669 9,951 36.29 18,514 84.37
South Ayrshire 34,402 47,247 42.13 94,888 86.12
South Lanarkshire 100,990 121,800 45.33 261,152 84.60
Stirling 25,010 37,153 40.23 69,029 90.14
West Dunbartonshire 33,720 28,776 53.96 71,109 87.94
West Lothian 53,342 65,682 44.82 138,212 86.18
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  1. Orkney and Shetland is a very safe area for the Lib Dems, the only two electorate seats they still have in the Scottish Parliament (their leader last election is the member for Shetland, where Labor and the Tories only just managed 10% between them), and the corresponding Westminster seat has been Liberal or Lib Dem since 1950. It’s a small area, but could be interesting to keep an eye on.

  2. According to the BBC its 55% NO although Glasgow electorate voted YES.

    The Aussie flag changers won’t like it as they thought they may have an excuse to dump the union jack – ha ha.

  3. Scots have in a couple of respects a win from this loss. They have had a community engagement on fundamental political issues that has got out from the control of the mainstream parties. They have got promises of further devolution from panic ridden unionists – if the Tories do not now deliver on those promises it will be a gift to the Scottish Nationalists. If they do deliver – more power to the Scots.

  4. While Glasgow and Dundee voted YES the turnout was low in the mid 70’s. Both ignorance and apathy combines perhaps

  5. The most entertaining thing about this vote has been watching in the last few weeks as the establishment suddenly realised that its hair might be on fire.

  6. Issue in the Glasgow turnout was the low base – the actual increase in turnout there was of the same order as in the rest of Scotland.

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