Voters will go to the polls today and people are being urged to use their right to vote.
All kinds of locations are being used to make sure people can cast their vote for who will represent them as councillors on Hartlepool Borough Council.
There are 42 hopefuls are standing for one of 11 seats available on Hartlepool Borough Council.
The 57 polling stations have been located in a range of buildings including The Mowbray pub, on the Fens, Inspirations garden centre within Stranton Cemetery and several churches, schools and community buildings. The polls remain open until 10pm tonight.
The votes will then be counted at Hartlepool Civic Centre although it is not open to the public.
The local election is being held as four candidates are standing to represent the Cleveland area as Police and Crime Commissioner.
Sultan Alam is standing as an independent candidate, Barry John Coppinger is the Labour candidate, Steve Matthews is representing UKIP and Matthew Alexander Vickers is standing as a Conservative candidate.
Bosses at Hartlepool Borough Council are urging people to use their vote in both elections.
Peter Devlin, the Local Returning Officer, said: “I would very much encourage people to vote.
“This is an opportunity to vote not only for the election of your local councillor, but also for the election of the individual who will be the Police and Crime Commissioner for the Cleveland Police area.”
The results of the votes are expected in the early hours of Friday. Log onto www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk for updates.