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Polls open in Local Elections

Where is voting?

Elections will take place for the whole of East Devon District Council, Teignbridge District Council, Mid Devon District Council, Torridge District Council, South Hams District Council, and West Devon Borough Council.

For North Devon Council, 41 of the 42 seats will be elected, as the election in the Chittlehampton ward has been postponed following the death of one of the candidates.

One third of Plymouth City Council is up for election, as is the case for Exeter City Council, although two councillors will be elected in the Priory ward following the resignation of one sitting councillor.

The whole of Torbay Council is also up for the election, with the council changing from a Mayoral system to a leader and cabinet system after May’s election.

In East Devon, Mike Howe in the Clyst Valley ward and Steve Gazzard and Brenda Taylor in the Exmouth Withycome Raleigh ward will be elected unopposed.

In Mid Devon, John Daw, in the Taw ward, will be elected unopposed.

In Torridge, Kit Hepple and Ken James in the Milton and Tamarside ward will be elected unopposed.

In West Devon, Tim Bolton and Diana Moyse in the Burrator ward and Clare Kemp and Patrick Kimber in the Hatherleigh ward will be elected unopposed.

Torbay, Exeter, North Devon, Torridge and South Hams councils will also have new leaders as the existing leaders of their councils are not standing in the elections.

Town and parish councils are also being elected today, although 377 councillors have already been elected unopposed.

Polls opened this morning at 7am and will close at 10pm, although if you are in the queue at 10pm, you will be allowed to vote.

After the polling stations close, all ballot boxes will be transported to the location where the count is taking place, where they will be verified.

Both Exeter City Council and Plymouth City Council, where 1/3 of the council is up for election, are counting overnight. The ballot boxes will be delivered, verified, before counting begins, with full results expected by around 3am.

The whole of Torbay Council is up for election and they will be counting overnight, with the full results estimated to have been declared by 6am.

The whole of North Devon Council is also up for election and they will be counting overnight, with full results set to be declared in the early hours of the morning. Contested town and parish councils will be counted on Friday morning.

In the other six districts – East Devon, Teignbridge, Mid Devon, Torridge, South Hams and West Devon – counts will on Friday morning, with the results being announced by mid-afternoon.

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