I voted over a week ago, having registered for a postal vote. It was a difficult process this time both for the referendum on the Alternative Vote and on the constituency/regional votes.
Culturally, instinctively and historically, I've been a Labour Party member. I left the Party in the late 1990's, disillusioned by the middle-ground the leadership had occupied. I still voted Labour, but in recent years I've moved my vote around different parties, partly drawn by individual candidate's merits, the policies of parties and local issues. For me the question this time has been, 'Which Party will bring the most coherent and transforming opposition to what is coming out of Westminster?'. I've made my mind up, conscious that there might be risks involved. I discovered Scottish Vote Compass after I voted and using the 'further analysis' illustration, I learned that the Party I am closest to is the one I actually voted for!
On AV, I voted 'Yes', not because I think it's the best system, but because I think it's a nudge towards greater change. A 'No' vote will allow those in favour of the status quo for Westminster elections to argue that the country has spoken and doesn't want or need change. A more proportional system would be better, but that's not on offer (yet), so I've vote for AV in the hope that it might be a stepping stone.
I preached on 'Making the Cross Count' on Sunday night. I hope and pray that the Scottish people (and UK in general) use their hard-earned votes wisely today.