Polls open for county and by-election votes

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Voters go to the polls today in a Sheffield Council by-election and elections for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire County Councils.

Polling stations in Sheffield’s Fulwood ward are open from 7am until 10pm, as voters choose who will fill the seat left vacant after the death of Liberal Democrat councillor Janice Sidebottom.

The Lib Dems, Labour, Conservatives, Greens and UKIP are standing in the ward.

Returning officer and Sheffield Council chief executive John Mothersole said: “You don’t need to take your polling card with you to vote, so don’t worry if you don’t have it when you call in, although it can be helpful.

“If you have a postal vote and you haven’t already posted it, you can hand it in to any polling station up to 10pm.”

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire were both won by the Conservatives at the height of the Brown Government’s unpopularity in 2009.

The two councils are among Labour’s top targets at the elections.