Here is how we're covering a Scottish election like no other - Dale Miller

After weeks of a Scottish election campaign like no other – characterised by video calls, physical distancing and virtual huddles – polling day is finally here.

Voters will have the final say up until the polls close at 10pm. Then it will become a waiting game.

Unlike past elections, Covid restrictions have halted the traditional through-the-night counting of votes.

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Instead counts have been scheduled to start from 9am across Scotland both tomorrow and Saturday, with the final regional list results, including whether Mr Salmond wins a place in the Scottish Parliament, not expected to be known until Saturday evening.

In these unprecedented times, The Scotsman will have every base covered on our website, bringing you the latest results, reaction and political analysis from across Scotland as it happens.

We will be running a live blog from 6am tomorrowand again from 8am on Saturday where readers can learn every constituency result as it is declared.

The Scotsman will host a one-hour livestream from noon tomorrow where our expert team of political reporters will debate the key election issues, and we will feature a live interactive map on our site so readers can find out which party and which MSP has claimed the seat in their own neighbourhoods.

We will have reporters live at counts in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Fife, Falkirk and East Lothian, bringing you behind-the-scenes details and colour from on the ground.

And the Saturday edition of The Scotsman will have all the expert analysis and political reaction you have come to expect, covering the fallout from the first full day of results.

More voters are registered to have their say in today's poll than any other Scottish Parliament election in history – and soon we’ll know answers to the burning questions.

Will the SNP win enough seats to achieve a majority and be able to press home the advantage to hold a second independence referendum?

Will Alex Salmond’s new Alba Party gain a foothold in Holyrood – and will we see the former first minister himself return as an MSP?

What will be the fate of Scottish Labour and the Scottish Conservatives be under the new leadership of Anas Sarwar and Douglas Ross?

With plenty at stake for Scotland’s future, we will have you covered for the answers.


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