OPINION: Countdown to election day

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Thursday is your chance to help shape your community.

It’s local election day and by now you’ll have had ample time and opportunity to decide who to vote for in one of the 29 available seats, across 28 wards.

The candidates have been out in force around the city to canvass, debate, argue and discuss what they would do if they were elected to the Town Hall.

If you can’t make up your mind then our Sheffield election guide in today’s paper and online should help clear your mind about where to put your ‘X’ on the ballot paper.

Voting, whether it is in person at the polling station or through a postal vote, is a right that should be taken seriously.

It has been hard won through the years and is a bedrock of our democracy.

Some people choose not to vote out of principle too. This can be equally as powerful in its own way.

However, we would urge people not to be apathetic. Voting does matter and you can’t complain about the result if you stand on the sidelines without making an informed decision about what you’re going to do.

Council elections are where local matters come to a head.

It’s your choice about what happens next.