Polling stations for the county elections open tomorrow

The Kent County Council election takes place tomorrow (May 4).

Polling stations will be open across Thanet  from 7am until 10pm for all residents who are registered to vote.

You don’t need to take a poll card with you, as long as you are registered you will be able to cast your vote.

Click here for the postcode look-up to find out which polling station you should visit.

The count for the election will take place the following day (Friday 5 May) at Margate Winter Gardens.

Thanet has seven seats being contested.

In most areas, you vote for one candidate and the candidate with the most votes is elected. However in Birchington and Rural and Ramsgate you can vote for 2 candidates and the 2 candidates with the most votes are elected.

The number of county councillors for Kent has reduced from 84 to 81 following a boundary review in 2016.

In Thanet the Margate and Cliftonville and Margate West areas are now separate Margate and Cliftonville seats.

The Conservatives are currently the majority party at KCC with 45 seats.

Main opposition is UKIP with 17 seats.

The authority is in control of services such as education, transport, libraries and children and adult social services.