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Britains weird and wonderful polling stations

A windmill in West Blatchington near Brighton, a launderette in Headington outside Oxford, a caravan in Garthorpe, Leicestershire and a house in Three Oaks house in Bramshill, near Reading which have all been used as polling stations for UK and EU elections.

Caption: Unusual polling stations around the UK
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A windmill, a launderette and and a caravan arent the first places youd expect to exercise your democratic right to vote.

But the UK, in all its quirkiness, has turned some strange places into polling stations as people vote in todays European Parliament elections.

Other weird examples include a museum and some pubs, which surely are bound to give voter turnout a boost.

Here are some of the more unusual polling station locations from recent elections.

A presiding officer (L) and poll clerk (C) drink a cup of tea while waiting for early morning voters at a polling station set up in a launderette in Headington outside Oxford on June 23, 2016.

Volunteers enjoy a cuppa at a launderette in Headington outside Oxford ahead of the EU referendum (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

A woman leaves a Polling Station set up in a launderette and nail bar in Headington outside Oxford on June 8, 2017, as Britain holds a general election.

The launderette swapped washing pants and socks with serving democracy (Picture: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images)

Members of the public arrive to cast their votes at a polling station at a lifeboat station in Dungeness, southern England on May 7, 2015, as Britain holds a general election.

Voters cast their ballots at a lifeboat station in Dungerness in Kent for the 2015 general election (Picture: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)

A sign for a polling station at a lifeboat station in Dungeness, southern England on May 7, 2015, as Britain holds a general election.

The lifeboat station doubled up as a polling station (Picture: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)

Debbie Carpenter, an equestrian groom, rides back to Three Oaks, a residential house where a polling station is set up in Bramshill near Reading. at a polling station in a residential house in Bramshill in southern England, on May 7, 2015, as Britain holds a general election.

Equestrian groom Debbie Carpenter rides to a polling station at the Three Oaks house in Bramshill, near Reading (Picture: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images)

A voter leaves after casting his vote at the Hove Museum and Art Gallery in Brighton, southern England on May 7, 2015, as Britain holds a general election.

A voter leaves Hove Museum and Art Gallery after voting (Picture: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)

A polling station is prepared at the West Blatchington Windmill near Brighton in southern England on May 7, 2015, as Britain holds a general election.

A polling station is prepared at the West Blatchington Windmill near Brighton (Picture: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)

Just when you thought it couldnt get any more British, some of the polling stations are in pubs – so you really have no excuse not to get out and vote.

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Some stations have been set up in tiny temporary units in car parks, at bus stops and on the roadside.

One of them in Sunderland is a cheery bright yellow which no doubt puts a smile on voters faces.

A caravan on a farm has also been used to give rural voters a continent place to decide on the countrys future.

Voters head to the polls at a bus stop in Bradford, West Yorkshire as the 2019 European elections get underway - 23rd May 2019

A station at a bus stop in Bradford, West Yorkshire this morning (Picture: Dan Rowlands/SWNS)

File photo dated 08/06/17 of a caravan which was used as a polling station on Grange Farm in Garthorpe, Leicestershire, as voters headed to the polls across the UK for the 2017 General Election.

A caravan on Grange Farm in Garthorpe, Leicestershire (Picture: Joe Giddens/PA)

The presiding officer sets up signs on a caravan being used as a polling station on a farm in Garthorpe near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire, as voters head to the polls for the European Parliament election.

Some of the countrys polling stations come on wheels (Picture: Joe Giddens/PA)

MERTHYR TYDFIL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 23: A woman carries a dog as she walks past the Asylum polling station on May 23, 2019 in Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom. Polls are open for the European Parliament elections. Voters will choose 73 MEPs in 12 multi-member regional constituencies in the UK with results announced once all EU nations have voted. The voting process expected to be completed by 10pm on Sunday. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)

Asylum hair salon has opened its doors to voters in Merthyr Tydfil today (Picture: Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)

A view inside a polling station at the White Horse Inn in Priors Dean, Hampshire, also known by locals as the 'Pub with no name', as voters headed to the polls for council and mayoral elections across England and Northern Ireland.

Inside the White Horse Inn, in Priors Dean, Hampshire (Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA)

Debbie Carpenter, an equestrian groom, rides back to Three Oaks, a residential house where a polling station is set up in Bramshill near Reading. at a polling station in a residential house in Bramshill in southern England, on May 7, 2015, as Britain holds a general election.

Equestrian groom Debbie Carpenter rides from the Three Oaks residential house in Bramshill, near Reading, where a polling station was set up in 2Read More – Source

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