It’s election day in England, and you know what that means
There are several important reasons to vote in the 2018 local elections, especially if you’re one of the many people who’ve been failed by Conservative government and councils.
One reason to go out and vote may not be the most important, but it is the most adorable. Because once again, people are taking their dogs out to polling stations.
Dogs are affable creatures who find joy in many things. Sometimes it’s the simple things – like treats or balls. Other times, it’s the giddy thrill of democracy in action:
It's that time of year again!
We love seeing all your #dogsatpollingstations – especially if their owners are voting Labour!
Remember, polls are open until 10pm.
Plan a dog walk to your polling station now → https://t.co/C0rP2rhJjm #VoteLabour pic.twitter.com/v7tXzQ4Kdf
— The Labour Party (@UKLabour) May 3, 2018
Regardless of how you vote today just ensure you do. Plus you will see all those gorgeous dogs at the polling stations! #dogsatpollingstations pic.twitter.com/wTBv83Ul9h
— Richard de Lioncourt #FBPE 🇪🇺 (@Geestar86) May 3, 2018
Jeremy Corbyn was so happy to see dogs at his local polling station that he – wait – that’s not Jeremy Corbyn:
Happy #DogsAtPollingStations Day!! #LocalElections pic.twitter.com/lVdJNlVM8d
— SJL Heating (@SJLheating) May 3, 2018
It’s not just Labour, however. Look at this sausage dog. Look how happy he is to have that Tory rosette pinned to his breast. Just look. JUST LOOK AT HIS LITTLE EYES:
Best of luck to all the Conservative candidates today! ✊🏾#VoteConservative #PollingDay #LocalElection2018 #dogsatpollingstations pic.twitter.com/9OZ7WWFa15
— Amin Haque (@_AminHaq) May 3, 2018
Other dogs are helping their owners draw attention to important issues like Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI).
#waspi #DogsAtPollingStations Darcey on her way to vote pic.twitter.com/5l9MHwD44m
— Aileen Barnard (@dibleydogs) May 3, 2018
In it together
It isn’t just dogs, either. There’s a whole menagerie of animals showing up.
Cats may pretend to be disinterested in the affairs of humanity, but their attraction to polling stations shows otherwise:
Time for one of those truly awful days in the calendar 🙀
The #LocalElections means Twitter will be overrun with pictues of #DogsAtPollingStations
So here are some #CatsAtPollingStations for balance#LocalElections2018 pic.twitter.com/0ob64CfAVI
— Evie the Cat (@HMCabinetCat) May 2, 2018
This next one reminds us that, sometimes, it’s the slow and steady challenger who wins over their flash opponent:
While #dogsatpollingstations is trending let's all remember when my dad took my tortoise to vote just for the banter pic.twitter.com/3VNTfOymaZ
— Neil Slorance (@neilslorance) May 3, 2018
Lots of animals are voting, and we’re all ‘ferret’:
In #Cumbria Agatha Ferret answers the call of her ancient polecat ancestors and for one glorious day becomes The Pollcat. #ferretsatpollingstations not just #dogsatpollingstations pic.twitter.com/aLjdRgdb0n
— Alison (@AtticusTheFitch) May 3, 2018
Move over #dogsatpollingstations, the big guy is here #rhinosatpollingstations #PollingDay pic.twitter.com/JbPAPcimBF
— Save the Rhino (@savetherhino) May 3, 2018
Voting is so important it’s even brought animals together:
Leaders from opposing parties in #Ramsbottom this morning! #dogsatpollingstations 🐶✏️❌🗳 @BuryTimes @MENnewsdesk pic.twitter.com/aJtm0d1X9Q
— Hannah Monaghan (@H_Ingram) May 3, 2018
Get out and vote!
Don’t spend too long looking at these precious animals, however. If elections are being held in your area, you need to get out and vote! Dogs like Hugo are watching to see that you do:
Hugo voting in #chorleywood #dogsatpollingstations pic.twitter.com/6tCGnoHTDz
— dane clarke (@jollydane96) May 3, 2018
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