Millions of Brits have been to the polls to vote for 143 councils, 39 police commissioners, 13 mayors, two national parliaments, the London Assembly and the Hartlepool by-election.
The 'Super Thursday' elections were far bigger than normal – because they included thousands of contests which were postponed from May 2020 due to Covid.
The bumper results will be the first ballot box test of Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer since the pandemic – and both leaders have been out heavily on the trail, especially in Hartlepool. The results are set to take up to four days to all be declared.
The sheer complexity of this year’s elections means dreaming any kind of tactical voting guide is almost impossible.
Not only are some people filling in several ballot papers at once, the votes for each one get counted under different systems.
While ultimately you’ll decide who to vote for, your decision could be swayed by knowing how that vote is tallied up.
So to make things easier, here’s a guide to what those ballot papers mean, where they will end up – and what battles lie ahead for the Tories and Labour.
143 English councils
More than 5,000 seats are up for grabs on 21 county, 28 unitary, 35 metropolitan and 59 district councils in England.
Some are electing the whole council, some half their councillors and some only a third.
At first glance Tories and Labour have similar amounts at stake – Conservatives are defending slightly more seats while Labour are defending slightly more councils in control.
But the Tories made big gains in 2017, the last time many of these same seats were up for grabs – so Labour should be regaining ground this time.
Key battles will be over the 40 councils in "no overall control" as the main parties try to seize a majority.
More than half the seats up for grabs (2,662) were meant to be elected in 2020 but delayed due to Covid.
Likewise, seats in play include 352 council by-elections that were delayed by the pandemic.
WHERE? Almost everywhere in England.
HOW TO VOTE? Councillors are elected for each "ward" using first-past-the-post. Mark one or more Xs (depending on the number of seats in your ward – the ballot paper will say) next to the people you want to win in your ward. Usually the big parties put up as many candidates in each ward as there are seats. But some might fall short this year due to Covid.
All 129 seats in the Scottish Parliament are up for grabs and Nicola Sturgeon will be hoping to win an overall majority – which she's just short of now.
Polls leave little doubt the SNP will be the largest party. But if the nationalists up their seat tally from 61 to 65, they will have the authority to push for a new independence referendum – seven years after last losing their fight to break away from the UK.
However, they're also facing a fight with Alex Salmond who wants his new Alba party to win seats for a "super-majority" for independence.
Labour, with new leaders Keir Starmer and Anas Sarwar, must improve its current third-place standing (23 seats) behind the Tories (30 seats) if it has any hope of a revival in Scotland.
WHERE? Everywhere in Scotland.
HOW TO VOTE? Voters get two ballot papers. The purple ballot paper is for your constituency – mark an X for your favoured candidate. 73 MSPs are elected in this way under winner-takes-all, first-past-the-post. The orange ballot paper is for your region – mark an X for your favoured party. The other 56 MSPs are elected in this way under a proportional formula. Parties decide who gets to take their regional seats.
All 60 seats are up for grabs and polls suggest Labour – while the biggest party – has an uphill struggle to win an overall majority.
First Minister Mark Drakeford has ruled out an independence referendum as the price of any pact, but could need a deal with Plaid Cymru or the Lib Dems if he's to form a minority government.
This is one of UKIP's last outposts, where ex-Tory Neil Hamilton clings on for Nigel Farage's old party even after he abandoned it.
WHERE? Everywhere in Wales.
HOW TO VOTE? The system is roughly the same as for the Scottish Parliament – every voter gets two votes, one for a candidate in their constituency and another for the party in their region. Voters first choose their constituency member (40 of them) then the party they want on a regional list (4 members are then appointed from each of five regions).
All 25 seats are up for election and Labour will be straining for an overall majority – the party's currently one seat short on 12.
Polling has suggested Labour is at least 15 points ahead of the Tories which should lead to a comfortable victory.
But the 'list' system introduces unknowns and allows voters to give a leg up to smaller parties.
The Greens and ' Brexit Alliance' each have two seats on the Assembly.
WHERE? Everywhere in Greater London.
HOW TO VOTE? The system is similar to the Scottish and Welsh Parliaments. Voters get two ballot papers – yellow for a named candidate in their constituency (14 members) and orange for a party on the London-wide list (11 members). Mark one X on each ballot paper. Again, constituency candidates are chosen by first-past-the-post and the parties choose their "list" members. Seats on the list are dished out using a complex algorithm called the 'Modified d'Hondt Formula'.
13 mayors in England
London’s mayoral election leads the field, where Labour's Sadiq Khan is on course for the biggest personal mandate of any UK politician.
Voters are also electing four “metro mayors” in Labour-held Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Region, and Tory-held Tees Valley and West Midlands.
Labour hopes for a Red Wall upset to seize West Midlands. There are three “combined authority” mayoral elections – Tory-held West of England and Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, along with new mayoralty West Yorkshire.
And finally five single-authority mayors – all currently held by Labour – are up for election in Bristol, Liverpool, Salford, Doncaster and North Tyneside.
This means some people, like in Liverpool and Salford, will be asked to vote for two mayors at the same time.
WHERE? Everywhere in the huge regions of Greater London, Greater Manchester, West Midlands Combined Authority, Tees Valley Combined Authority, Liverpool City Region, West Yorkshire, and Cambridgeshire & Peterborough. Plus Bristol, North Tyneside and Doncaster.
HOW TO VOTE? For each mayor, voters get one ballot paper with two columns under the supplementary voting system. Mark an X in the first column for your first-choice candidate and – if you want to – an X in the second column for your second preference. If no candidate gets 50% of votes straight away, all candidates except the top two will be eliminated. If your first preference has been knocked out, but your second preference is still in the top two, then your vote will be "moved" to your backup choice. Whoever has the most votes after this wins the mayoralty.
39 police commissioners
Everywhere in England and Wales votes for one – except London where the mayor is also the Commissioner.
The oft-forgotten jobs are up for election for the third time since they were created in 2012. When they first emerged 12 were Independents but that shrank to just three in 2016.
Labour won 15 of the posts last time while the Tories won 20. But given their role as one single person overseeing police, these jobs will end up as a sideshow to the main political news of election night.
WHERE? Everywhere in England and Wales except London.
HOW TO VOTE? The same way as for the 13 mayors. Voters get one ballot paper with two columns under the supplementary voting system. Mark an X in the first column for your first-choice candidate and – if you want to – an X in the second column for your second preference. If no candidate gets 50% of votes straight away, all candidates except the top two will be eliminated. If your first preference has been knocked out, but your second preference is still in the top two, then your vote will be "moved" to your backup choice. Whoever has the most votes after this becomes police commissioner.
The blockbuster Westminster ballot.
The Tories want to wipe out Labour's 3,595 majority in the totemic northern seat after MP Mike Hill quit.
If Labour candidate, the former MP Dr Paul Williams, fails it will be a huge coup for Boris Johnson.
WHERE? Only the Hartlepool Westminster constituency.
HOW TO VOTE? Standard first-past-the-post. The candidate with the most votes wins the seat, even if they have much less than 50% overall support.
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