#DogsAtPollingStations: Pooches at the polls

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@alfiethepug_

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Alfie the pug is looking pleased with himself at a polling station in Cheshire

Whenever voters go to the polls it’s their dogs that take centre stage as they accompany their owners to polling stations across the country.

In an election tradition, the hashtag #dogsatpollingstations has been trending as social media users share pictures of their ‘pawlitical’ companions.

As the general election is being held in December for the first time since 1923, we are being treated to photos of our furry four-legged friends in festive spirit.

Butch, yorkie/poodle & Bertie, Maltese/shitzu, Weston-super-Mare

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Sandra Burton-Dickie

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Santa Butch and his little helper Bertie dressed up for the occasion as their owner Sandra Burton-Dickie casted her vote in Weston-super-mare

Millie, golden retriever, Devon

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@sewingloon

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Millie in full Santa gear sits proudly at her local polling station

Sam, labrador, York

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@Imongen_OT

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Sam the guide dog contemplates the future of the country

Henry, beagle/bassett cross, East Manchester

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Blue Peter dog Henry keeps a watchful eye at one polling station in East Manchester

Buster, red fox labrador, Oxfordshire

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@peteway

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How many light bulbs does it take to change a dog? Buster is as confused as we are

Twm, border collie, Vale of Glamorgan

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@EsylltMair

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Twm rocking his Christmas tree headband for his polling station visit in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales

Heidi, toy poodle, London, and Winnie, Staffordshire bull terrier, Kent

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Claudia Conway (L) @thewonderfulworldofwinnie2018

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Heidi and Winnie ‘paws’ for thought outside polling stations in Vauxhall, London and Canterbury, Kent

Spencer, labradoodle, Newcastle

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Spencer looks like he would rather be in bed but ventured out on condition he can wear his Christmas jumper

Molly, cockapoo, Bath

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@laura_m021

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Molly is out bright and early in Bath waiting for her local polling station to open with her owner Laura Smedley

Follow election night on the BBC

  • Watch the election night special with Huw Edwards from 21:55 GMT on BBC One, the BBC News Channel, iPlayer
  • As polls close at 22:00, the BBC will publish an exit poll across all its platforms, including @bbcbreaking and @bbcpolitics
  • The BBC News website and app will bring you live coverage and the latest analysis throughout the night
  • We will feature results for every constituency as they come in with a postcode search, map and scoreboards
  • Follow @bbcelection for every constituency result
  • From 21:45 GMT, Jim Naughtie and Emma Barnett will host live election night coverage on BBC Radio 4, with BBC Radio 5 live joining for a simulcast from midnight

Harry and Heidi, border collie and beagle/labrador, Essex

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@mattchinchilla

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Harry and Heidi are wondering why their owner is leaving the house in the cold and dark in Essex. Pawrent Max Miller says: “Usually we’d take them during a summer time election and have a nice walk, but it’s just too chilly and dark to make the journey.”

Louie, French bulldog pug, Surrey

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Louie is all set wearing his Christmas ensemble for his trip out to the polls with his owner Sonja Alexandra