POLLING PLACES

A portrait of democracy: The hair salons and garages where Americans vote

Obsession
2016
Obsession
2016

This morning, New Yorkers waited to vote for the next president of the United States for upwards of two hours, with varying degrees of customer satisfaction. (I voted in the lobby of an apartment building, and it was cramped but speedy.)

Throughout the country, the voting environment differs widely. Polling stations include the usual elementary school room, like the one where Hillary Clinton cast her vote; the Neptune Society Columbarium in San Francisco, which houses local ashes; and a barbecue restaurant in Chicago that serves cheap ribs.

See a selection of the unique places Americans are casting their ballots today.

People cast their votes at Echo Park Pool on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Echo Park Pool in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Voters cast their ballots at a polling station set up in a garage during the U.S. presidential election, near Fernald, Iowa, U.S., November 8, 2016. REUTERS/Scott Morgan - RTX2SLFC
A garage in Fernald, Iowa. (Reuters/Scott Morgan)
A voter holds his ballot in the U.S. presidential election at Su Nueva Lavanderia in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., November 8, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young - RTX2SIGF
Su Nueva Lavanderia in Chicago. (Reuters/Jim Young)
Polling volunteer Mary Roca, 51, posts signs on the door of Chua Phat To Gotama Temple before the polling place opens for voting Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in Long Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Chua Phat To Gotama Temple in Long Beach, California. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Voter Andrew Holbrook holds his dog Sierra while casting his ballot for the 2016 US presidential election at the lifeguard headquarters polling location in Venice Beach, California, USA, 08 November 2016. Americans vote on Election Day to choose the 45th President of the United States of America to serve from 2017 through 2020. EPA/EUGENE GARCIA
A lifeguard headquarters in Venice Beach, California. (EPA/Eugene Garcia)
Voters cast ballots during the U.S. presidential election in a farm shed near Neveda, Iowa, U.S., November 8, 2016. REUTERS/Scott Morgan - RTX2SKD2
A farm shed near Neveda, Iowa. (Reuters/Scott Morgan)
A voter leaves Daisy's Hair Studio after casting her ballot in the U.S. presidential election in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., November 8, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young - RTX2SJYO
Daisy’s Hair Studio in Chicago. (Reuters/Jim Young)
A voter fills out her ballot during voting in the U.S. presidential election in San Diego, California, U.S November 8, 2016. REUTERS/Sandy Huffaker - RTX2SJ94
A garage in San Diego. (Reuters/Sandy Huffaker)
Voters mark their paper ballots near a row of pool tables at Pressure Billiards and Cafe in Chicago, Illinois, USA, 08 November 2016. Americans vote on Election Day to choose the 45th President of the United States of America to serve from 2017 through 2020. EPA/TANNEN MAURY
Pressure Billiards and Cafe in Chicago. (EPA/Tannen Maury)
People line up to vote at the Neptune Society Columbarium Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in San Francisco. Built in 1898, the columbarium is one of the last remaining cemeteries in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Neptune Society Columbarium in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
A voter casts their ballot at a polling place inside a Chinese restaurant during the U.S. presidential election in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. November 8, 2016. REUTERS/Charles Mostoller - RTX2SLXI
A restaurant in Philadelphia. (Reuters/Charles Mostoller)
Democratic polling judge John Ramirez, right, is reflected in a mirror as he assists a voter as she fills out her ballot at Delia's Beauty Salon on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Delia’s Beauty Salon in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex)
A voter lines up to vote in the U.S. presidential election at Jimmie G's Restaurant in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., November 8, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young - RTX2SL2E
Jimmie G’s Restaurant, in Chicago. (Reuters/Jim Young)
home our picks popular latest obsessions search