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Polling station pups: The real stars of voting day revealed

Group of dogs by polling station sign dog-happy
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For many of us, the best thing about election day in the UK is the abundance of political pups, and fortunately for us, this year is no different.

By Zoë Monk

Published on the 07/05/2021, 18:00, Updated on the 04/06/2021, 16:27

As polling stations opened their doors, you might think that people would be interested in voting numbers and who everyone might be voting for. 

But you couldn’t be more wrong. After all, election day in the UK is all about one crucial thing. Dogs at polling stations.

#dogsatpollingstations

Polling day is always an important moment in our political history, and of course, we should all exercise our democratic duty. However, it’s impossible to deny what excites us the most is seeing all those pictures of dogs at polling stations.

There is even a social media hashtag #dogsatpollingstations so everyone can share in the delights of election day dogs.

There’s not much to it. Dog owners bring their canine companions with them when they cast their vote, take a cute pic of their pup outside the polling station and post it online. The trend took off in 2016 during the Brexit referendum, and since then, it’s become a tradition. 

Political pups

While many dog-owning voters have enthusiastically embraced the trend, so have the political candidates too. Perhaps it’s to bring them luck, or they hope that the sight of their adorable pup will win over voters. Nonetheless, candidates across all parties are jumping on the bandwagon and making sure their pup gets papped.

Hoping to be re-elected as London Mayor, Sadiq Khan roped in his adorable pup Luna to charm voters.

The former Conservative leader Ruth Davidson posted a photo of her adorable Springer Spaniel Wilson. 

Even journalists got in on the act with the BBC’s Rich Preston snapping this pup who was so excited to cast his vote (not sure if anyone told him that canines aren’t allowed to vote).

But what about those dogs belonging to postal voters? Don’t worry, Amy Callaghan from the SNP has got it covered with #dogsathomeonpollingday 

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