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Brits are heading to the polls for national elections amid heightened security fears

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Polling stations opened across Britain on Thursday for national elections, amid heightened security worries following a series of terror attacks.

Exit polls are expected to be published at 10 p.m. local time tonight (5 p.m. ET), when voting ends.

The results should come out Friday morning.

Here's what you should know about contenders Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May arrives to vote in the general election at polling station in Maidenhead, England, Thursday, June 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Theresa May is a British politician who has served as prime minister of the U.K. and leader of the Conservative Party since 2016. She says Brexit is an opportunity for Brits and aims to tackle terrorism.

May went to the polls this morning to cast her vote along with her husband.

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Britain's Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn gestures as he arrives to vote in the general election at a polling station in London, Thursday, June 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is a British politician who has served as leader of the Labour Party and leader of the opposition since 2015. Corbyn's platform is to help the "The Many" by investing in communities.

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