Voters across Suffolk go to polls for town and district council elections
Voters across Suffolk will take to the polls today for the 2019 local elections – with new councils and new electoral wards meaning there is plenty at stake for candidates and political parties.
The polls are open from 7am and close at 10pm, before votes are counted overnight or during the day tomorrow.
This year, there is no Suffolk County Council election or General Election for Members of Parliament, but all of the county’s district and borough councils will be involved in the polls, with members being elected to serve a term of four years in office.
That means the district councils that people are voting on are responsible for things like waste collection, housing and planning applications, leisure, street cleanliness and licensing of taxis, bars and restaurants.
Both Babergh and Mid Suffolk district councils will have their ballots counted at Wherstead Park in Ipswich tomorrow morning, following the closure of the polls tonight.
Changes to the ward boundaries mean there are fewer seats available – Babergh now has 11 fewer with 32, while Mid Suffolk will have 34 – down by six.
Both authorities currently have Conservative administrations, but, with all wards being contested at both, there is no foregone conclusion as to what political party, if any, will emerge with a majority of seats.
More by this authorJason Noble, Local Democracy Reporter