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dogs at polling stations

Dogs at polling stations are always big in Britain. This election also brought horses and reindeer.

A dog stands outside a London polling station Thursday.  (Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg News)
A dog stands outside a London polling station Thursday. (Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg News)

By hamrfhino Dec. 12, 2019 at 5:29 p.m. GMT+1

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LONDON — Election Day usually brings good dogs everywhere to polling stations across Britain. But this time the tradition took a more inclusive turn, featuring reindeer, horses and even a giant tortoise named Yoda.

Although dogs clearly held a solid majority Thursday, dominating social media with Santa hats and festive collars, sightings of unexpected animals also delighted many voters who had stepped out on a dismal, overcast day to cast their ballots during a time of deep political uncertainty.

A dog waits at a polling station in North London. 
 (Neil Hall/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)
A dog waits at a polling station in North London. (Neil Hall/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

This is the third general election in four years in the country, and many voters have grown tired of lawmakers bickering over the future of Britain and Brexit — the divisive issue at the center of the snap election. For many, the tradition provides some light relief during a stressful and tense period.AD

By Thursday afternoon, the #dogsatpollingstations hashtag had been used more than 45,000 times on Twitter, with thousands sharing photos of their pawlitical furry friends standing outside local polling stations. Some posters even competed to see whether their dog had been the first to arrive as the polls opened at 7 a.m.

These photos from Twitter posts show dogs outside polling stations in Britain. (David Mcgrath, Richard Gaywood, Lewis Macdonald, Pete Way/AP)
These photos from Twitter posts show dogs outside polling stations in Britain. (David Mcgrath, Richard Gaywood, Lewis Macdonald, Pete Way/AP)

Many photos taken Thursday show dogs patiently waiting outside polling stations as their owners cast their vote inside.

As in the United States, polling stations in Britain can be found at local schools and libraries. But voters can also cast ballots at pubs and more unconventional locations, including hair salons, a historic windmill in eastern England and a launderette in Oxford.

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