You Voted Where? Unusual Polling Places in America

These are some of the nation’s most surprising, unique and out-of-the-way spots where people cast their ballots.
by | October 2016

Next month, when Americans cast their ballots in this year’s elections, most of them will hit the polls in schools, churches and municipal buildings. But many voting booths across the country are found in less-familiar settings.

For the past several years, photographer Ryan Donnell has documented some of the nation’s most surprising, unique and out-of-the-way polling places. It’s a reminder that, wherever it’s cast -- in a pool hall or a church, a laundromat or a Vietnamese restaurant -- a vote is a vote.

Su Nueva Laundromat, Chicago, 2012


Saigon Maxim Vietnamese restaurant, South Philadelphia, 2008


The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, Calif., 2012


Pressure Billiards & Cafe, Chicago, 2012


Elmwood Roller Skating Rink, West Philadelphia, 2008


Paleteria El Sabor de Michoacan, Chicago, 2012


Lifeguard shack, Los Angeles County, 2012


Ralph's Marine repair shop, Chicago, 2012


McDonald's PlayPlace, Los Angeles, 2012

Ryan Donnell | Photographer