It’s the British equivalent of the #democracysausage.
U.K. voters continued a tradition of bringing their dogs to polling stations on Thursday.
Using the hashtag #DogsatPollingStations, British people from across the nation shared images of their pooches, bringing some joy to an otherwise tense and messy election.
According to BBC News, the election trend also appeared in the 2015 EU referendum, last year’s general election and last month’s local elections.
For this election, Twitter really went all out, releasing a new emoji of a terrier wearing a union jack to accompany the hashtag:
— Jo (@Jokatgocat) June 8, 2017
Here are some more pics of some Very Good Puppers:
— Callum O'Brien (@Callumo95) June 8, 2017
— EL (@ellltaylor_) June 8, 2017
— Chuka Umunna (@ChukaUmunna) June 8, 2017
— Richard Coles (@RevRichardColes) June 8, 2017
— Aaron Bottomley (@Legionari3) June 8, 2017
— Lord Winston 💛 Bruv (@BraveWinston) June 8, 2017
— Rhodry the Scottish (@DeerhoundRhodry) June 8, 2017
— Paul Kavanagh (@weegingerdug) June 8, 2017
— Kimberly✨ (@kcstfu) June 8, 2017
— Pete Durrant (@petedurrant) June 8, 2017
— Jenny Barrett (@jensbar66) June 8, 2017
— laura (@laurapain_) June 8, 2017
Even J.K Rowling got in on the action:
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 8, 2017
Although dogs dominated, some voters brought along other pets. Hey it’s 2017, we should celebrate diversity right?
— Atticus (@AtticusTheFitch) June 8, 2017
— Jack Xatzinikolas (@MxJackMonroe) June 8, 2017
— HuffPost UK (@HuffPostUK) June 8, 2017
Speaking of diversity, a Furry also turned out to vote. You do you!
— Breakfast Tail (@RoxCollie) June 8, 2017
OK, you’ve seen enough. Regarding the actual results of the election, exit polls are suggesting it was a closer contest than many expected.
It was thought that Conservative Party leader and current Prime Minister Theresa May would retain the majority lead, but Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has given her a run for her money.
The Washington Post reports that the exit polls show May’s Conservative Party winning 314 seats of Britain’s 650 member Parliament, which is short of the 326 needed for a majority.
If the polls are accurate and May doesn’t get a majority, the U.K will have what’s known as a “hung parliament”.
In total there have been four other hung parliaments in U.K history, with the previous one occurring in 2010. That one was solved with some speedy negotiations, but this time around things might not be so simple.
In general, hung parliaments are characterised by an element of chaos as alliances are formed and legislation gets roadblocked.
So when will the official results come out? BBC News reports that most counts should be completed by Friday 15:00 AEST, with some telling results trickling in at lunchtime.