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Election 2015: Preston voters encouraged to do a voting selfie

Posted on - 6th May, 2015 - 8:00pm | Author - | Posted in - News, Politics, Preston Council
Will you take a selfie after you've voted?

Will you take a selfie after you’ve voted?

Voters in Preston are being asked to do an election selfie outside the polling station after they’ve voted in the General and Local elections.

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Preston City Council is sticking up vinyls on the walls of all polling stations which encourage voters to take a photo of themselves.

Head of communications at the city council, Stephen Parkinson, said: “Along with engaging young people as a priority for the council, I have a personal interest as my teenage daughter is voting for the first time.

“This is definitely the social media election, so we want people to take their selfies in front of our posters then share them with their family and friends.

“There’s a lot of interest in the election and that can only be a good thing for democracy. Selfies are just another way of expressing this, which is great, as long as they are only done outside the polling station.”

The vinyls have been ordered by the city council to be stuck up outside every polling station

The vinyls have been ordered by the city council to be stuck up outside every polling station

Electoral Commission rules state photography inside polling booths is not allowed, and could breach the secrecy of the ballot.

You can find your nearest polling station by searching on the council website, and view the latest general election and local election news for Preston.

Will you take an election selfie? What do you think of the idea? Let us know in the comments below

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