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Eight fascinating California polling places

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If you couldn't tell from the flags, balloons, signs, news trucks, long lines, Tuesday is election day. Many Americans took time out of their day to do their civic duty. Here in California, most voters find themselves at a school, fire department or building lobby casting their ballots, but some have found themselves in some weird locales. To see eight weirdly fascinating California polling places, join us after the jump.

 1. Mortuary, Long Beach

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Clerk Andrea Spann looks over a voter registry underneath signs showing that ballots can be translated into several languages at this polling place inside the Stricklin/Snively Mortuary. Photo credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

 2. Furniture store, Silver Lake

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Doug Stockstill, 34, of Los Angeles votes at the polling station located in Silver Lake Furniture. Photo Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

3. Pizza parlor, Encinitas

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A voter arrives to cast ballots at a local pizza restaurant being used as a polling place. Photo credit: Mike Blake / Reuters

4. Lifeguard headquarters, Venice Beach

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Voters cast their ballots as surfers pass walk past a Los Angeles County lifeguard headquarters. Photo credit: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

5. BMW dealership, Beverly Hills

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Residents turn out to vote at a polling place inside a luxury-car dealership. Photo credit: Mark Ralston / AFP/Getty Images

6. Swimming pool, Echo Park

  Pool

People vote on the deck of the Echo Park Deep Pool. Photo credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

7. Curbside, Los Angeles

Curbside

A sign is displayed at a polling place at Paul Revere Middle School. Photo credit: Eric Thayer / Getty Images

8. McDonald's PlayPlace, Los Angeles

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A voter casts his vote at a McDonald's restaurant being used as polling place. Photo credit: Mario Anzuoni /Reuters

Wherever your polling place is today, enjoy election day.

-- Tony Pierce
twitter.com/busblog

Top photo: Students in a surfing class pass a sign leading to a polling place in San Diego. Credit: Gregory Bull / Associated Press

Photos: California heads to the polls

Photos: The nation heads to the polls

 
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I still don't get why we have multi-language ballots?
Aren't you supposed to know English to become a citizen???


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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