2014 Scottish independence referendum

No national recount

11 Sep, 2014

No national recount will be allowed in the referendum once local election officials have accepted totals in their counting areas. National chief counting officer Mary Pitcaithly says that once local results are declared, the votes are sealed in boxes:

[You] cannot open them up again, even if it ends up being very, very close.

The Scottish Independence Referendum Act 2013 also states that votes cannot be recounted after a final result has been declared, even if neither side achieves a clear majority, with the rules of the referendum stating that either side is able to achieve victory by simple majority – a majority of one vote or more. Pitcaithly:

When I declare the result … I will do so with confidence, however close it may be, because I will have confidence in the 32 totals that comprise the result.

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