Photos of unusual US polling places: beauty salons, laundromats, and some guy’s garage

November 6, 2012
US Election
November 6, 2012

Americans typically vote in schools and government buildings, but not everyone. The US Election Assistance Commission suggests that a polling place “should be located close to major traffic arteries for easy access.”  There’s nothing in the guidelines to stop election officials from picking restaurants, garages, or laundromats, and sometimes that’s exactly where voting takes place. Here are some photos of the most unusual polling places in the United States today:

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Cemetery Voting
People wait in line to vote at the Neptune Society Columbarium, a public storage of cinerary urns, in San Francisco.AP Photo / Eric Risberg
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Garage Voting
The Gallegos residence is converted into a polling station on election day in Stockton, CaliforniaAP Photo / Marcio Jose Sanchez
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Museum Voting
Voting at the Holland Land Office Museum in Batavia, New YorkAP Photo / David Duprey
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Mexican Restaurant Voting
A Mexican restaurant turned polling place in ChicagoAP Photo / Jerome Delay
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Mexican Restaurant Table Voting
Food is set at a Mexican Restaurant turned polling place in ChicagoAP Photo / Jerome Delay
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Auto voting
An auto dealership is turned into a polling place in Albany, New YorkAP Photo / Mike Groll
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The garage of the Los Angeles County lifeguard headquarters is used as a polling placeGetty Images / Kevork Djansezian



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