An Irish wolfhound outside a polling station (Photo: Charles McQuillan via Getty Images)
In fact, in the last few years it has become an informal social media tradition for people to share photos of their pooches at the polling station.
And this year is no exception – even prime minister Boris Johnson and London mayor Sadiq Khan brought their dogs along to vote.
Council seats in Scotland, Wales, London and parts of England are available while Northern Ireland is electing its new assembly, with polls open until 10pm.
But today’s local elections, where the Conservatives are expected to experience significant losses, saw some extra additions joining the #DogsAtPollingStations trend...
Here’s a roundup of the most unusual photos making the rounds to light up your day.
Dogs behaving badly at the ballot box
— CC (@carooftheavon) May 5, 2022
Owners doing the most for their pooches
Maybe by the general election we'll have escalated to photos of people looking like twats trying to take photos of their dogs at polling stations. If so: I will win. pic.twitter.com/SylH3D8s2H
— Ian Dunt (@IanDunt) May 5, 2022
To everyone emailing me this week and next, I’m taking some time off to raise a pup. What better way to introduce Bertie to the world than #dogsatpollingstations (he’s in a bag because he’s waiting for his vaccines to kick in) pic.twitter.com/fHYDvrY9zT
— Melissa York (@melyork) May 5, 2022
Who let the dogs out?
— Anna Skipwith (@hellosocialLdn) May 5, 2022
Pups in prams at the polling stations
— Richard Parnham 🏳️🌈 (@RichardParnham) May 5, 2022
When your pup takes pride in dogmocracy
— The Yorkshire Grey Sheep (@LouiseWalton78) May 5, 2022
— Barry✨『ＥＰＯＣＨ』 (@nostoppingepoch) May 5, 2022
— Liz Bayley (@lizbayleyphysio) May 5, 2022
Polling stations are open until 10pm in today's local elections. Don't forget to have your say.
Betty the pug was at her local polling station in Blakelaw bright and early this morning. Share your #DogsAtPollingStations pics below! 📸
Elections info 👉 https://t.co/uJLIhDcIhFpic.twitter.com/lVMqscZMX9
— NewcastleCityCouncil (@NewcastleCC) May 5, 2022
— Frances Ryan (@DrFrancesRyan) May 5, 2022
— Jeremy McGee (@JeremyMcGee) May 5, 2022
But, step aside dogs... the cows turned out too
Not just dogs Emily, the odd cow too... pic.twitter.com/VRWyMKwfgQ
— Harrogate Borough Council (@Harrogatebc) May 5, 2022
Then the cats made an appearance
— Cats Of Birmingham (@BirminghamCats) May 5, 2022
— SPECR_cat (@CatSpecr) May 5, 2022
— @Coupey (@Coupey) May 5, 2022
— Tony Bridge 🔶 (@tonebridge) May 5, 2022
Occasionally, there was a colliding of worlds
Mavis: “Are you or are you not trying to get in on the #dogsatpollingstations thing, puss?”
Puss: “I’m afraid you’ll have to wait for the #SueGrayReport”
— Hannah Monaghan (@Mrs_H_Monaghan) May 5, 2022
And it’s equal opportunities for smaller pets...
In England, more than 4,000 council seats are up for grabs in 146 councils in major cities.
The results are expected to be announced around midnight, with the final counts coming in over the weekend.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.