Voters head to the polls in 'Super Thursday' election

6 May 2021, 00:06 | Updated: 6 May 2021, 08:45

Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds cast their votes this morning
Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds cast their votes this morning. Picture: PA

By Kate Buck

Millions of voters will be heading to the polls today across the UK in a number of elections which could shake up British politics.

On what has been dubbed Super Thursday, ballots will be cast across Great Britain in the largest test of political opinion outside of a general election.

Polling stations opened at 7am and will close at 10pm for the 48 million eligible voters to cast their ballot.

Some of the elections had been postponed from last year due to Covid-19, and strict restrictions still remain in place, with limits on how many people can be inside polling stations, masks required to enter and social distancing throughout.

It is estimated many people will have turned to postal voting as a result of the pandemic.

In Scotland and Wales, voters will decide who they want to represent them in Holyrood and the Senedd respectively.

For the first time in Wales, people over the age of 16 will be allowed to vote.

A by-election is also being held in Hartlepool for the Parliamentary seat.

Polling stations will open at 7am and close at 10pm
Polling stations will open at 7am and close at 10pm. Picture: PA
Some of the votes had been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic
Some of the votes had been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Picture: PA

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There are 13 mayoral elections happening across the country, including for London Mayor.

Across England and Wales there are also 39 police and crime commissioner elections, which had previously been postponed due to the pandemic.

A total of 143 different councils are also running elections to see who should represent them.

The results in England will determine who runs key authorities and give an indication of the state of politics ahead of the next general election due in 2024

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Votes in the Hartlepool by-election will be counted overnight, with a result expected in the early hours of Friday, while Holyrood votes will be counted on Friday and Saturday.

In Wales, the make-up of the Senedd should become clear on Friday.

It could be Sunday night before all the results in England's local contests are known, while the final results in Police and Crime Commissioner elections may not come until Monday night.