“Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote”- George Jean Nathan | VOTE by Theresa Thompson, on Flick

So election day is finally here and polling stations across the city have just opened. Today’s results could lead to significant changes to the governance of the city.

A third of the 120 seats on Birmingham City Council will be up for election today. The council is presently controlled by a majority coalition of the Conservatives (39 seats) and Liberal Democrats (24) with Labour currently holding 57 seats.

With most of the seats up for election being held by Conservative (18) or Lib Dem (13) councillors, just 9 Labour seats are being contested. Labour need to gain just 4 seats across the city to take back control of the council for the first time in 8 years.

Voters will also have the opportunity to have their say on whether Birmingham should have a directly elected mayor in today’s Mayoral Referendum.

We’ll be tweeting and posting up to date information throughout the day and will bring you results for Kings Norton, Longbridge, Northfield and Weoley as they come in. You can follow all the election action and results LIVE with us.

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