(NBC NEWS) EDINBURGH, Scotland -- It is an ancient nation with a proud history but Scotland’s future could be decided by its youngest generation in Thursday’s referendum on independence from the United Kingdom. More than 110,000 16 and 17-year-olds are among the 4.2 million Scottish voters taking part after the age of eligibility was lowered from 18.
With opinion polls suggesting the result is on a knife-edge, every vote counts in the decision that could end Scotland’s 307-year-old union with England.
That means high school students, some of whom went to the ballot boxes early Thursday in their school uniforms, could swing the balance for or against the breakup of America's oldest global ally.
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