In Hertfordshire there are 77 county council seats up for election on Thursday 2 May. Hertfordshire County Council has been Conservative-controlled since 2001 and currently the party has an overall majority of 33.
The Conservatives currently have 55 councillors, the Liberal Democrats have 17, Labour 3 with 1 Green and 1 English Democrat.
Electorate in December 2012: 852,476
No party other than the Conservatives has had an overall majority at Hertfordshire County Hall since local government re-organisation in 1973. One party needs at least 39 councillors for an overall majority.
Labour and the Conservatives are contesting all 77 seats in 2013 with the Liberal Democrats competing in 75. UKIP have 65 candidates, the Greens 48 along with 4 Independents and 16 others.
In the last county council elections in 2009 this was how the votes were shared between the parties with a comparison with 2005:
- CONSERVATIVE - 46.4% (up 3.9%)
- LIBERAL DEMOCRATS - 27.3% (up 1.1%)
- LABOUR - 14.0% (down 12.1%)
- GREEN - 7.2% (up 2.4%)
- UKIP - 0.9%
- OTHERS - 4.2%
These were the ten most marginal electoral divisions in Hertfordshire at the 2009 County Council election:
- Hitchin North - Con majority over Lab of 6 (0.1%)
- St Stephen's - LD majority over Con of 46 (1.0%)
- South Oxhey - BNP majority over Lab of 27 (1.0%)
- Hemel Hempstead St Paul's - LD majority over Con of 37 (1.1%)
- North Herts Rural - Con majority over LD of 73 (1.4%)
- St Nicholas - Con majority over Lab of 59 (1.5%)
- Bishop's Stortford East - Con majority over Lab of 115 (2.8%)
- Handside & Peartree - LD majority over Con of 135 (3.2%)
- St Albans Rural - Con majority over LD of 152 (3.3%)
- Broadwater - Con majority over Lab of 118 (3.5%)
Polling station are open from 7am until 10pm on Thursday 2 May 2013. Most of the votes are being counted after the polls close but the final result isn't expected until Friday 3 May.