WHEN you're six years old, parties tend to be jelly and ice cream rather than Tory and Labour.
But young Kara Mia Crossley is growing up fast after receiving her own set of ballot papers for next week's council elections.
The youngster's family were amazed to see that Kara had been sent postal-voting documents - 12 years before she becomes eligible to vote - after being accidentally placed on the electoral register.
Mum Melanie, who lives with her in Turnpike Grove, Oswaldtwistle, said: "I don't know how it happened - the papers just came in the post the other day. It has never happened before but I suppose it is quite funny."
"Kara just wanted to know what it was for. She wanted to play teacher and start filling the forms in but I had to tell her she couldn't."
"She once got a credit card application form as well, so maybe it means she's growing up quicker than I thought!"
A Hyndburn Council spokesman said the papers were sent out because Kara had been registered with it as eligible to vote.