Marion Voy is a tarot card reader, but today, as she watches the fog roll in from the North Sea at her home in Cockenzie on the east coast of Scotland, she is struggling to divine her country’s future.
“I think there will be a ‘Yes’ vote for independence,” she said hesitantly. “But I feel that actually, people don’t know what they want. I think the mist is symbolic. We are all feeling a bit lost.”
After a long, emotionally fraught campaign, Scotland goes to the polls today to vote on whether to separate after 307 years from the rest of the United Kingdom.
The result is still too close to call. One poll from Ipsos Mori showed 49 percent supporting independence, and 51 percent against. A poll by YouGov shows 48 percent support for independence and 52 percent for staying in Britain.
The weather offers no help. In the United States, Republicans often benefit from bad election day weather because it keeps less politically motivated Democrats at home. In Britain, bad weather often hits voter turnout, and again, it tends to be left-leaning voters who stay home.