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All across Britain polling stations have opened for perhaps the most talked-about local elections in recent memory.
In what’s being dubbed as ‘Super Thursday’, numerous high stakes elections in England, Scotland and Wales are taking place with a lot on the line.
More than 140 local council elections are running today as well as the Hartlepool by-election which is being hotly contested by the Conservatives and Labour.
Elsewhere, there are mayoral elections with Sadiq Khan hoping to win a second term as London mayor while facing competition from the likes of Shaun Bailey, Laurence Fox and Count Binface...
The implications of these elections will likely be scrutinised for weeks to come but in the here and now there is only one thing we care about – and that’s dogs.
Dogs at polling stations is a tradition at every election now and it’s great to see the pups out in force again, despite the unseasonal cold weather that Britain is experiencing right now.
Here are some of our favourites that have made their way on to social media so far.
First time voting as a dog owner so obligatory #dogsatpollingstations pic. https://t.co/cavTarIJzn — Daniel Dylan Wray (@Daniel Dylan Wray)
"1 vote for the barking at squirrels and chasing cats party please"
#dogsatpollingstations https://t.co/6eWYMtArNf — Laura Birks (@Laura Birks)
Vote today says Toto.
#dogsatpollingstations https://t.co/P5KfCsUPJj — Cllr Brant (@Cllr Brant)
Early start for this one, he's feeling quite despondent about the state of UK politics, so make sure you do the ri… https://t.co/dK8szkE8va — B E C K (@B E C K)
Well organised covid safe voting in #Streatham this morning. No change for Cosmo - denied. https://t.co/2Qqan879U0 — Richard Payne (@Richard Payne)
We are early! Gym done and Sal and I are off to vote.
#DogsAtPollingStations Cymru 🏴 https://t.co/TsKqLWyKxo — Mike Walmsley (@Mike Walmsley)
Taking your pooch to the polls?
You know the drill, send us your pics! 📸 #DogsAtPollingStations
Here’s Max to sho… https://t.co/Z8uowfaCmB — Dogs Trust 💛🐶 (@Dogs Trust 💛🐶)
Ozzy is super happy to be doing a democracy this morning. #MakeYourVoteCount
#dogsatpollingstations 🐕🦺 https://t.co/RjMqoLtDs2 — Dave Briggs (@Dave Briggs)
Dexter was very excited for his first election, he even made it there with a broken leg! What's your excuse?… https://t.co/fPlcdFLnZQ — Kev (@Kev)
Even former Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson got in on the action.
Wilson doing his democratic duty
#dogsatpollingstations https://t.co/Vj1acTA3CJ — Ruth Davidson (@Ruth Davidson)
London mayor Sadiq Khan turned up with his dog Luna at his polling station where his wife was voting.
Just look at the turn out in Dulwich Village in south London!
Fantastic turnout in Dulwich Village!
#dogsatpollingstations #superthursday #londonmayor https://t.co/12ytp7Udj1 — Anna (@Anna)
An unconventional approach to the hashtag from the Civil Nuclear Constabulary but we’ll allow it.
We don't have any photos of #DogsAtPollingStations but we can offer you #Dogsprotectingnationalinfrastructure
Our… https://t.co/Es9QZEyblE — CNC (@CNC)
Let’s not forget the cats either.
It's that time again. But it's not just #dogsatpollingstations .
#catsatpollingstations https://t.co/mjPu8TFLfH — John Griffiths (@John Griffiths)
Hey don't forget cats have rights too! 🤣🐱🐱🐱 #CatsAtPollingStations #dogsatpollingstations #CatsOfTwitter #cats https://t.co/HVnS35zlDN — Ian (@Ian)
Still no sign of any lizards, budgies, goldfish, tortoises or any other type of pet at polling stations yet but we remain hopeful.