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.
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.
Teddy the dog waits for his owner who was voting at the picturesque Polling Station for the UK 2021 Local Elections at Fulwell Windmill and Tea Rooms in Sunderland on Thursday 6th May.@ChronicleLive @SunderlandLive#Election2021 #dogsatpollingstations #photography pic.twitter.com/FXQ5JWHPwY— Craig Connor (@ConnorReachPLC) May 6, 2021
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.
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.
London: This election is going down to the wire and we cannot be complacent - every vote counts.— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) May 6, 2021
Polls are open and you have until 10pm.
A vote for Labour is a vote for London. If you love our city please come out and vote for it! #votelabour #dogsatpollingstations pic.twitter.com/KXhDCsxJDX
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
We can’t let the dogs of postal voters miss out on polling day. So instead of #dogsatpollingstations here’s #dogsathomeonpollingday— Amy Callaghan MP (@AmyCallaghanSNP) May 6, 2021
Alfie still repping for @theSNP of course 🐶 #BothVotesSNP pic.twitter.com/HsDxa5ihXx