Preston voters urged to take selfies outside polling stations

First time voters Christopher Neil and Thomas Barrett taking a selfie at the St Walburge's poliing station in Preston

First time voters Christopher Neil and Thomas Barrett taking a selfie at the St Walburge's poliing station in Preston

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Selfie spots have been set up outside polling stations across Preston in a bid to stop voters from taking photographs inside.

Preston Council has put a “selfie vinyl” outside every polling station in the city, encouraging people to take snaps outside and not breach election rules.

Photography inside polling stations is discouraged by the Electoral Commission and could breach election rules, threatening the secrecy of the ballot.

Head of Communications, 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.”