WEARSIDERS were today casting their votes in local elections.
Polling stations opened across the city at 7am today and were remaining open until 10pm tonight.
In the build-up to the election, which sees votes in 25 wards across Sunderland taking place, the Echo has spent time talking to people about what they want to see done by the councillors they elect.
Live web chats have also taken place with the leaders of the four main political parties on Wearside.
The coverage will continue tonight with live updates on the Echo’s website as well as reporters tweeting as the results come in.
There will then be a comprehensive round up in tomorrow’s paper with reaction to the local and national results.
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