Decision Day in Scotland

So the big news internationally is the independence referendum in Scotland. Final polls show 95% of Scots saying they are “certain” to vote today. In an unusual provision, the voting age for the referendum has been lowered from 18 to 16 (the age at which Scots can join the military or get married).

Virtually all late polls show the “no” vote with a lead, usually ranging from 4% to 6%, with a high-single-digit undecided vote. Polls won’t close until 10:00 PM local time, and results may not be fully known until Friday morning.

While David Cameron’s efforts to oppose independence have gotten a lot of attention, perhaps a more notable voice has been the last Scottish Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Gordon Brown. As Mike Tomasky notes in a column today, the most immediate practical result of Scottish independence (aside from the personal damage it would do to Cameron’s career) would be a permanent weakening of the the Labour Party’s position, given its dependence on strong support from Scotland.

We’ll track the results as they become known.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.