Every time there are elections in the UK, there is a topic that goes viral beyond politics and polls: the presence of dogs at polling stations. The hashtag #DogsAtPollingStations never fails to bring smiles to dog lovers, regardless of their political affiliation.

The adorable dog leading this article is currently in a foster home from the Battersea shelter. The photos taken are always outside the polling stations for two main reasons. Firstly, it is against the law to take photos inside, and secondly, surprisingly, many polling stations do not allow dogs inside. This decision depends on the local authorities.

In Spain, it used to be the same way – some places allowed dogs while others did not – until the European elections in 2024. The Central Electoral Board then decided to prohibit dogs in all polling stations. However, the photographic reports of dogs at polling stations are like a canine fashion show, showcasing dogs of all sizes, breeds, ages, and colors. Some people even use the hashtag to urge candidates to get involved in fighting against animal cruelty.

If you search on Twitter, Instagram, or any other social media platform using the hashtag #DogsAtPollingStations, you will find hundreds of cute and democratic dogs. And who knows, you might even spot a sneaky cat infiltrating the scene!

In recent years, the trend of bringing dogs to polling stations during elections has gained popularity not only in the UK but also in other countries around the world. It has become a way for pet owners to show their furry companions participating in the democratic process and has added a light-hearted touch to the otherwise serious atmosphere of voting day.

Many people believe that allowing dogs at polling stations can help reduce stress and anxiety for voters, providing a sense of comfort and companionship during the voting process. Additionally, it serves as a reminder of the importance of animal welfare and encourages discussions on how to create a more pet-friendly society.

Overall, the presence of dogs at polling stations has become a heartwarming tradition that brings joy to both voters and non-voters alike. So next time you head to the polls, don’t be surprised if you see some wagging tails and furry friends accompanying their owners in the democratic exercise.