Graffiti supporting the "Yes" campaign is painted on a road in North Uist in the Outer Hebrides Sept. 17, 2014.
Cathal McNaughton—Reuters
By Charlie Campbell
September 18, 2014

Respondents to an online TIME poll have voted for Scotland to become an independent nation.

A total of 16,418 reader votes were tallied, of which 9,436 (57.5%) were for Scotland’s secession from the U.K. and 6,982 (42.5%) were for the maintenance of the 307-year-old union.

Some 4.2 million Scottish residents are eligible to vote in the real referendum on Thursday, polls for which open at 7 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. local time. Results from the 32 local authority areas are expected to trickle in during the wee hours of Friday. A nation, or possibly two, is on tenterhooks.

Write to Charlie Campbell at charlie.campbell@time.com.

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