The Staggers 18 September 2014 “Should Scotland be an independent country?” Referendum voting is under way The polls open for the Scottish independence referendum today. Scots cast their votes. Photo: Getty Sign UpGet the New Statesman\'s Morning Call email. Sign-up "Should Scotland be an independent country?" This is the question Scottish voters will be answering today, in a simple "Yes" or "No" vote. The Scottish independence referendum polls opened this morning at 7am, and will close at 10pm tonight. A total of 4,285,323 people are registered to vote, or 97 per cent of the electorate, which is a record for Scotland. The BBC's Today programme is reporting that the first local total is expected to be announced at 1am on Friday morning, and the bulk of results to come through from 3am - 6am. We expect to hear the result early Friday morning - or "breakfast time", according to the Chief Counting Officer. If you want to find out details about how the vote is carried out, read my piece: "When will we know the result of the Scottish independence referendum?". › In the slums of Manila, inequality is so bad that the worst off have no chance to protest Anoosh Chakelian is the New Statesman’s Britain editor. She co-hosts the New Statesman podcast, discussing the latest in UK politics. Subscribe For daily analysis & more political coverage from Westminster and beyond subscribe for just £1 per month!