Preparing to give you all the results

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Today’s the day then. All the build up is over and the result will soon be known.

For nigh on 30,000 people tonight at Bramall Lane their focus will be on whether Sheffield United can build a lead over Swindon in the first leg of the League One play-offs semi-finals.

We wish the Blades well and hope they or Chesterfield can join Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham United in the Championship next season.

But for millions of others across the United Kingdom the focus today will be on the general election.

Many pundits say it is the most wide open general election in a generation.

Locally there are several seats that could change hands or see narrow holds.

All the action will unfold once the polls close tonight at 10pm and then as the results are announced in the early hours of Friday morning. The Star will have reporters and photographers at all the key counts.

As the results come in our reporters will let you know through social media and on our website – www.thestar.co.uk

We will also have a team of journalists based in the office to ensure that you miss nothing of what is happening across our area and how it affects the national picture.

The place to go for the best coverage from The Star is on our website.

We have taken the decision not to give our readers half the story in tomorrow’s paper.

Deadlines dictate that we just won’t know enough – particularly in a general election as tight as this one – to provide what you’d expect.

Instead we’ll have a comprehensive round-up in Saturday’s paper but throughout tomorrow we’ll be updating our website with the latest reaction from all the big personalities.

In today’s paper we go behind the scenes to see what preparations have been put in place by the authorities.

Polling stations across the country open from 7am until 10pm.

And there are 235-plus polling stations across Sheffield alone.

If any of the 876 polling station staff – presiding officers and poll clerks – are ill, they must be replaced, while extra staff are on standby in case any of the 237 stations become too busy. Many people have already cast their vote on a postal ballot.

Whatever the outcome – be it at the Lane or in the general election – our reporters will be first with the local story.