KATRINA CROSBY WRITES – With Election Day upon us, New Zealanders are inspired to point out off their democratic delight with footage of “I Voted” stickers or selfies taken on the polling stations, encouraging different Kiwis to return out and make their voices heard.
This 12 months, the polling stands appeared a bit of completely different, with voters together with a furrier crowd. The hashtag #dogsatpollingstations lit up social media on September 23, 2017, when the nation got here collectively to put their votes for this 12 months’s normal election.
As New Zealanders gathered to native church buildings, group areas and faculties, that they had to decide on between Jacinda Ardern and her Labour Occasion, Prime Minister Invoice English and his Nationwide Occasion, the Greens, or one of many smaller events.
With all the joy within the air, it’s common for residents to wish to talk about their opinions on the matter. Nevertheless, due to prior laws on this subject, voting day is forcefully saved quiet. Kiwis are unable to share who they voted for on social media platforms, together with New Zealand journalists who can not touch upon the political environment, except for the place voting takes place. This, in flip, has led many to show in direction of Twitter to put up some cute footage of their furry buddies.
On the day of the election, a number of individuals got here out, snapped an image of their canine after which put it on Twitter with the hashtag, “#dogsatpollingstations.” Not solely do canine transcend political bias and animosity, however they will convey individuals from throughout collectively to hitch in on the pattern.
@Ceekitten posted a picture of her canine with the caption: “We are able to’t vote however our individuals did! #dogsatpollingstations.” Moreover, @AmesburyCassie wrote, “#TedtheMalshi isn’t proud of any occasion. The place is the coverage to make sure him a limiteless pile of treats #dogsatpollingstations #vote17.”
Cat lovers, don’t concern, canine weren’t the one ones included within the festivities. The hashtag, “#catsnotatpollingstations,” shortly got here to catch on as effectively.
— chloë // cece 💖 (@Ceekitten) September 23, 2017
— Cassie (@AmesburyCassie) September 22, 2017
By this, New Zealanders alike present their nationwide delight as they participate in historical past. Besides this time, they’re together with their prolonged relations.