Elections are taking place on Thursday 4 May across England, Scotland and Wales and the general election will be held on June 8.
Here is a guide for those of you who want to how you can vote and what elections are taking place.
When are the local elections?
4 May 2017
The polling stations open at 7am on Thursday May 4 and close at 10pm.
What are people voting for?
There are 4,851 council seats being contested in England, Scotland and Wales.
Voters in various parts of the country will be choosing six new metro mayors.
In Manchester Gorton, the public will select their new MP in the by-election triggered by the death of Labour's Sir Gerald Kaufman.
What's at stake?
The local elections across the country will be a test of Jeremy Corbyn's popularity and also the future of UK Independence party.
The academics Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher predict big gains for both the Conservatives and LibDems, with Labour suffering losses of up to 50 seats.
In 2013, Ukip surged in the polls, but this time they will contest just 48 per cent of council seats.
The Green party is contesting candidates in 53.9 per cent of seats, while the Conservatives will contest 96 per cent, and Labour will run in 91 per cent.
The Lib Dems, who have seen a surge in support since the EU referendum, will field candidates in 80 per cent of wards.
Which areas are most important?
Based on the 12-point swing against the party since the last time these elections were fought in 2013, the analyst John Curtice predicts Labour will lose control of both Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire councils.
Labour are also predicted to suffer even more losses to the SNP in its former heartlands.
Here are the number of seats each party are defending:
- Labour- 1,535
- Conservatives- 1,136
- Lib Dems- 484
- SNP- 438
- Plaid Cymru - 170
- UKIP- 146
- Green Party - 34
Tell me more about the mayoral elections
Metro mayors will be elected in the six city regions that secured devolution deals- they will have new transport, housing and job creation powers.
The regions are Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, West Midlands and West of England.
Candidates to watch include the former shadow home secretary and Labour MP Andy Burnham- who is running in Greater Manchester.
Andy Street, the former managing director of John Lewis, who is standing as the Conservative party candidate in the West Midlands.
And Steve Rotherham, the Labour MP and former aide to Jeremy Corbyn, who is running in Liverpool.
Am I eligible to vote?
To vote in the general election you must:
- be a British, Irish or Commonwealth citizen
- be resident at an address in the UK (or a British citizen living abroad who has been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years)
- be 18 or over on June 8
- not be legally excluded from voting
How do I register to vote?
In order to register you can visit gov.uk/register-to-vote.
You will be asked for you name, address, National Insurance number and whether you want a postal vote.
You will need to have registered by midnight on Thursday 13 April in England and Wales.
The deadline for Scotland was midnight on Monday 17 April.
Where can I vote?
You should receive a polling card through the post.
The polling card is the easiest way to find out where to vote as it should include the name and address of the polling station for your district.
If you have not received your polling card, you can contact your local authority to find out where to vote. You can find the contact details for your council by visit the About My Vote website.
Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm on polling day and you will usually find them in public buildings like local halls or schools.
Do I need my polling card?
No, don't worry if you lose your card.
As long as you're registered on the electoral roll and go into the polling station and give your name and address, you will be able to vote.
Do I have to vote?
No, not in the UK.
But there are a number of countries around the world where you can be fined for not casting a vote.
In Australia you can receive a financial penalty for failing to have you name marked off the electoral roll.
You do not have to choose a candidate or a party, but the ballot paper must be "marked".
What if I can't vote that day?
You can submit your selections via postal vote, but the deadline to register was 5pm on Tuesday 18 April.
Most people vote in person at a polling station, but if you are unable to go to the polling station in person on election day, you can usually apply to vote by proxy, where someone votes on your behalf, you must apply by 5pm six working days before the poll if you want to vote in this way.
If you have a medical emergency after the deadline, you can apply to vote by emergency proxy if the emergency means that you cannot go to the polling station in person.
You can also apply to vote by emergency proxy if your occupation, service or employment means that you cannot go to the polling station in person, and you only become aware of that fact after the deadline.
You can apply for an emergency proxy vote up to 5pm on polling day.
When will the results be in?
Throughout the night various districts will start counting their results – but most results will be announced during the day on Friday.
The majority of mayoral results will also be declared on Friday morning.
How can I follow the results?
The Telegraph's political team will be covering all the results they come in and explaining what it all means.
Why are elections held on Thursdays?
The last time a British election was not held on a Thursday was in 1931 when polling was on a Tuesday– in the midst of the Great Depression.
Thursday is the traditional market day in the UK - when most people are bustling around in their local town.
When will the general election be held?
Theresa May said she will go to the country on June 8. The Prime Minister told the Queen in a phone conversation on Bank Holiday Monday.
Parliament is likely to be dissolved on May 3. which will allow for an election campaign lasting for just over a month.