Behind the Curtain: A Look at Philadelphia's Unique Polling Stations.

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When most Americans think about a polling place, a high school gym or a local church springs to mind. Not in Philadelphia. In this old East Coast city, governed by ward politics and old Democratic party machinery, polling places are tucked away in unexpected locations like private homes, bars and auto repair shops. Even on an Election Day fraught with change, these voting spots remained untouched. Heres a look at where Philadelphia voted on Nov. 4, 2008.

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  • Behind The CurTain.A look at Philadelphias Unique Polling StationsPhotographs by Ryan Donnell

  • Residential Basement (owneR deceased), south PhiladelPhia.

  • When most Americans think about a polling place, a high school

    gym or a local church springs to mind.

    Not iN PhiladelPhia.

    In this old East Coast city, governed by ward politics and old

    Democratic party machinery, polling places are tucked away in

    unexpected locations like private homes, bars and auto repair

    shops.

    Even on an Election Day fraught with change, these voting spots

    remained untouched. Heres a look at where Philadelphia voted

    on Nov. 4, 2008.

  • wallPaPeR stoRe, Bella Vista

  • auto RePaiR shoP, southwest PhiladelPhia.

  • Vietnamese RestauRant, south PhiladelPhia

    wallPaPeR stoRe, Bella Vista

  • auto RePaiR shoP, southwest PhiladelPhia.

  • luKes BaR, Fishtown

  • BaRBeR shoP, PennsPoRt.

  • RolleRsKating RinK, southwest PhiladelPhia.

  • centeR: mosque (PRayeR Rugs coVeRed),

    noRtheast PhiladelPhia.

    suRRounding: italian social cluB. south PhiladelPhia.

  • Residential gaRage, noRtheast PhiladelPhia.

  • Residential Basement (owneR deceased),

    south PhiladelPhia.

  • www.ryandonnell.com | design by Nate Johnson natejohnsondesign.com

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    2626 catharine street | philadelphia, pa. 19146

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