VOTING day is here.
Leeds’s 363 local election polling stations are open and today you can tell your local decision-makers what you think - and help shape the city’s future.
The city is electing 33 of its total 99 council seats today. In total, 177 candidates - representing 10 different parties - are hoping you will put a cross against their name.
Today is also your chance to help decide who will represent our region in the European Parliament.
Whoever you vote for, your choice can help make a difference.
Leeds has almost 550,000 people registered to vote, and every vote counts.
Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm.
If you want change, use your vote!
Dr Victoria Honeyman, a politics lecturer and writer based at Leeds University, says: “Your vote is never wasted.
“The beauty of voting is you get to go and put a cross in a box and you don’t have to tell anyone who you are voting for. If you want to protest vote, you can.
“But in my personal view, you should always go out and vote. People have died so we can have the right to vote.”
Leeds’s election returning officer is Tom Riordan, chief executive of Leeds City Council, and he is urging everyone to use their vote.
“The democratic process matters,” he said.
“There are lots of things that affect people’s lives and they don’t necessarily make the full connection between the elections and their own lives.
“Also, this year in particular, it is 100 years after the start of the First World War. People fought for the right to vote. That’s a very good reason for people to come out and vote this year.”
The Leeds vote count will start at 9.30am on Friday morning, with the European count on Sunday from 4.30pm.
We will bring you regular updates on the results right here, as and when they come in.