Voters in Aston and Bordesley Green go to the polls today in a local by-election prompted by the postal ballot fraud revealed earlier this year.
Six seats are up for grabs following the sacking of six Labour councillors by Electoral Commissioner Richard Mawrey QC in April.
Following the month-long hearing five of them were found guilty of forging, stealing and altering thousands of ballot papers at the June 2004 local election. The sixth, Muhammed Afzal, was later cleared on appeal.
Now voters will be asked to choose their successors - three in Bordesley Green and three in Aston. And election officials are confident the city will not see a repeat of the fraud.
There are less than half the number of postal votes as at the 2004 poll.
In Aston there are 2,350, compared to 5,241 last time, and in Bordesley Green the number has dropped from 8,647 to 3,018 in today's poll. But the result could still be decided by the postal votes.
A total of 13 candidates, from five parties, are contesting the three Bordesley Green seats, including former Labour deputy leader Stewart Stacey.
In Aston 11 candidates from four parties are battling it out.
The result could have an effect on the balance of power for the city council which is run by a Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition who have 39 and 28 seats respectively. Labour has 47.