VOTERS head to the polls today (Thursday) to elect county councillors in eight wards across Hastings and St Leonards.
Labour, Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and UKIP are contesting all eight wards in the borough. The Green Party has put forward candidates in just St Helens and Silverhill, Old Hastings and Tressell, Maze Hill and West St Leonards, Central St Leonards and Gensing, Braybrooke and Castle, and Baird and Ore.
Those attempting to keep their seats for the Conservatives include Peter Pragnell in Ashdown and Conquest ward, and Matthew Lock in St Helens and Silverhill,.
Among those hoping to retain their seats for Labour are Trevor Webb in Central St Leonards and Gensing, Godfrey Daniel in Braybrooke and Castle, and Jeremy Birch in Old Hastings and Tressell.
Standing for the first time are Liam Atkins in Baird and Ore, Nigel Barry in Hollington and Wishing Tree, and Sally-Ann Hart in Old Hastings and Tressell.
East Sussex County Council currently has 28 Conservatives, 13 Liberal Democrats, four Labour, one Independent and one UKIP.
Votes for Hastings and St Leonards wards are being counted tonight at Horntye Park and the first results are expected around midnight. Keep track by logging on to www.hastingsobserver.co.uk and on Twitter @HastingsObs
Counts for Rother, Wealden and Lewes are being held tomorrow (Friday).