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

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US Election
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US Election

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:

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

 

 

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