Scotland headed to the polls on Thursday, for a historic vote on whether the country should secede from Great Britain and become independent. The results are likely to have serious ramifications for currency markets, with the British pound expected to move sharply on the news.
And as the world waits for the Scottish polls to close, the specific question of just how many Scots are turning out to vote is our first clue as to how the results will shake out.
Recent polls have mostly shown about a 4 percent edge for those voting against independence. On Thursday, a final poll by market research company Ipsos MORI for the London Evening Standard predicted that Scotland will vote no, 53 percent to 47 percent. But a larger-than-anticipated turnout could indicate that a "yes" vote is a bit more likely than the polls imply.
A whopping 97 percent of eligible voters are registered to vote. And according to The Scotsman, 18.5 percent of those registered had already voted by 10 a.m. local time, just three hours into the all-day vote.