Hundreds of thousands of voters across the Anglia region are heading to the polls in county council elections ahead of the General Election in June.
While it is a local election, it will be regarded by political experts as a giant opinion poll on voting trends ahead of the General Election in five weeks on Thursday 8 June 2017.
Polling stations are open until 10pm but the results in most counties in the Anglia region will not be known until Friday afternoon.
There are no elections in Bedfordshire which no longer has a county council. There are also no elections in areas which have a unitary authority like Milton Keynes, Thurrock and Southend-on-Sea.
While Peterborough has no local authority elections, the area will join up with the rest of Cambridgeshire to elect the region's first so-called Metro Mayor.
This new official will lead a new Combined Authority with devolved powers from central Government over transport, housing and regional investment.
Only two of the six counties in the Anglia region have so far declared results but the Conservatives are making the early running.
The Chairman of Colchester's UKIP branch has defended the party after a poor showing in this year's local elections.
Just under a quarter of residents in Peterborough have cast a vote for the newly-created post of Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.