Voters go to the polls across Lancashire today

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Voters are turning out to polling stations across Lancashire today to choose representatives for their local areas.

Local elections are being held at a number of councils in the county, and voting is also taking place for the European Parliament elections.

Voting began at 7am, and will close at 10pm tonight at polling stations across the region.

In Preston, all wards have elections apart from Ashton, Deepdale and Preston Rural East.

Voters will elect one councillor in each ward, apart from in the Town Centre where two seats are being contested.

A total of 20 of the city council’s 57 seats are up for grabs, with Labour fighting all 20 seats available, the Conservatives putting up 19 candidates, UKIP 10, the Liberal Democrats nine, the Green Party three and one Independent.

Preston Council will be broadcasting the local elections count tomorrow online, through improved technology to engage with voters and residents.

The council will be using new technology to provide coverage which will include live result updates and interviews with candidates.

It is provided by local company DNB Solutions, which is a creative media and business service company who provide studio and live streaming services.

Lorraine Norris, returning officer at Preston Council, said the new technology was intended to make democracy more open and accessible to voters.

She said: “This technology is great for the people of Preston it enables them to tune in and see how the process works and also be kept up to date as the day unfolds.

“It is about making democracy open and accessible to the electorate.”

Coverage is due to begin at 9.30am.

In Chorley, voters are also going to the polls today.

The Labour-controlled authority currently has a majority of just one, and 17 seats are up for grabs.

And in West Lancashire, the Conservatives are also defending a majority of one as people take to the polling stations.

Polling will close at 10pm, and the results will be announced tomorrow.

The European election result will be announced on Sunday as polls close across Europe.

For live updates as the results come in tomorrow, follow @sarah_fielden and @leponline