VOTERS go to the polls across Huddersfield today.
Twenty-three seats are up for grabs in Kirklees Council and seventeen on Calderdale Council.
Polling stations opened at 7am today and will close at 10pm.
Kirklees is divided into 23 wards, each with three councillors. One seat is up for election in every ward today.
The ruling Labour party has 27 of the 69 seats on Kirklees and is defending seven of them today.
The opposition Conservatives are next with 21 seats, of which eight are up for grabs today.
Lib Dems will defend seven of their 14 seats in this year’s election while the Greens are trying to hold one of their four seats.
In Calderdale 17 of the 51 seats will be decided today.
The Conservatives are the biggest party on the council with 21 seats. However, Calderdale is currently run by a coalition of Labour and the Lib Dems – each of which have 13 seats. There are also four independents.
Counting will get under way at 9am tomorrow.
The 13 wards of Huddersfield, the Holme and Colne Valleys, Kirkburton and Denby Dale will be counted at Huddersfield Sports Centre.
Mirfield, Dewsbury, Batley and the Spen Valley seats will be counted at Dewsbury Sports Centre.
All 17 wards of Calderdale will be counted at North Bridge Leisure Centre in Halifax.
The Examiner will carry full results and reports in Saturday’s paper.
Readers can also follow the counts on our live blog from 10am tomorrow.
Visit www.examiner.co.uk for the results as they happen and interviews with the day’s winners and losers.
Voters will elect councillors to 181 local authorities in England, Scotland and Wales today.
Citizens of many English cities will also decide whether they want elected mayors. Referenda are taking place in Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, Sheffield, Birmingham, Bristol, Coventry, Manchester, Newcastle and Nottingham.
Voters in Salford, Liverpool and London will elect a mayor today.