Pooches at the polls: 8 dogs bringing joy to the US election

These dogs are putting their best paws forward to encourage Americans to vote

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Dogs may not have the vote, but that doesn’t stop their owners dressing them up in election regalia, taking them to vote and asking them nicely to cheer up other voters in polling queues.

Here are our favourite dogs from US election day and the campaign trail.

1. These non-partisan dogs

These golden retrievers just want the electorate to exercise their democratic rights.

Don’t worry, their owner said they got extra snacks as a reward for being such good dogs.

2. Labradonald

Veteran BBC North America Editor Jon Sopel shared a Labrador modelling a stunning blonde wig and tie in Scranton.

3. Poll watchers

These charming animals are helping voters get the information they need to vote.

4. Famous dog

This good boy or girl was spotted helping to get the first votes counted in the tiny town of Dixville Notch in New Hampshire. It has been the first to return results every year for 60 years, and this year all five votes went to Joe Biden.

5. Partisan pups

Unlike our first canine friends, the owners of these dogs want you to know their allegiances.

This Trump-supporting dog has really got it going on – Make America Great Again cap, US flag bandana and all.

A dog wearing a Make America Great Again (MAGA) hat is pictured during a campaign rally from Donald Trump Jr for U.S. President Donald Trump ahead of Election Day in Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S., November 2, 2020. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

His opponent? This very pampered dog as its buggy decorated with Biden merchandise.

A woman pushes her dog in a pram as she takes part in an event to promote the importance of the Latino vote and support for Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Joe Biden, in the majority Hispanic neighbourhood of Maryvale in Phoenix, Arizona U.S., October 31, 2020. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

6. Tired of election day already

This dog has already been out to vote and returned to nap.

7. Getting out the vote

These two adorable dogs want you to get out and vote!

8. Hungry for democracy

This little guy loved his voting sticker so much he wanted to eat it!

And it wasn’t just the canines getting involved...

These cats also have a message for voters.