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Polling stations open for Essex County Council election
Polling stations have opened across Essex for the local election.
Seventy five seats are being contested at Essex County Council.
Polling stations opened at 07:00 BST and are due to close at 22:00. Counting is due to take place on Thursday night.
County councils run social services including care of the elderly and child services, education, libraries and look after about 70% of the country's roads.