Here are the voting rules you might not know about

Don’t compromise your vote

Dogs and kids

You can bring both pets and children to vote but it has to be you who marks the ballot paper and both might be asked to wait outside if they’re causing a distraction to other voters. If you ride a horse to the polling station, you can’t bring it inside.

Chatting about the candidates

As soon as you step foot inside the polling station, you’re not allowed to talk about the candidates or try and influence anyone else’s vote. You have to go into the polling booth on your own and can’t get a partner or family member to help.

Political t-shirts

You can’t wear political T-shirts or other political clothing or wear rosettes.

Yes, you can take a selfie

But only if it doesn’t reveal any ballot paper’s unique identification number or what someone else has voted. The Electoral Commission, which runs the vote, would rather people didn’t take photos inside the polling stations so staff might tell you not to or there might be “no photography” signs.

The Electoral Commission’s website states: “Due to the potential breach of the law, intentionally or not, we strongly advise against any form of photography taken inside a polling station. However, if a voter would like to highlight their participation in the elections, we suggest this is done outside the polling station before or after they vote.”

What about tweeting?

Again, the important thing to remember is not to reveal any information you received inside the polling station. You can tweet about your vote and the voting process but it’s best done outside the polling station, even though there are no rules specifically banning tweeting from the booth.


Yep, they’re fine, as are hoodies and other facial covering since there’s no requirement to show your face. (But staff are on the lookout for people voting twice by impersonating someone.)


You can be drunk too, but if you’re disruptive you’ll be asked to come back when you’ve sobered up. Handy if you’ve got a boozy lunch or pub night planned…


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