Squash courts, funeral homes and the Mummers Museum: Philadelphia’s weirdest polling places

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When Philadelphia heads to the polls on Tuesday to vote in the primary election, they’ll trek to schools, churches, rec centers and libraries. Oh, and also some garages, a couple funeral homes and the squash courts.

Philly has some bizarre polling places, people. Some are nursing homes! Others are garages! And others are just kinda awkward, like hair salons and a golf pro shop.

Here are 14 of the most head-scratching polling locations in Philly, courtesy of the City Commissioners Office’s website and Google Maps:

1. “Garage” in Wharton


Location: 1815 S. 8th St.

2. Chobert Decorator’s Garage in East Passyunk

Location: 641 Reed St.

3. Mummer’s Museum in Pennsport

Mummers museum

Location: 200 Washington Ave.

4. Saigon Maxim Restaurant in East Passyunk

Saigon Maxim

Location: 612 Washington Ave.

Would you like some pho with that vote?

5. “Garage/ office” in West Philly

286 S 62ND ST

Location: 286 S. 62nd St.

6. The Painted Bride in Old City

The Painted Bride

Location: 230 Vine St.

Alright, this one’s just kinda cool.

7. Beauty Salon in West Oak Lane


Location: 1962 Penfield St.

Try not to inhale the hairspray.

8. Philadelphia Hair Artistry in Germantown

Phila Hair Artistry

Location: 406 W. Chelten Ave.

9. Walnut Lane Golf Pro Shop in Wissahickon

Golf Pro Shop

Location: 800 Walnut Lane

10. “Funeral Home” in Port Richmond/ Kensington

BS Jones Funeral Home William St.

Location: 2271 E. William St.

11. Penn Charter Squash Courts in East Falls

penn charter squash courts

Location: 3001 W. School House Ln.

12. Macaroni Plaza Bocce Courts in South Philly

marconi plaza bocce courts

Location: Broad St. and Oregon Ave.

13. Lee’s Hoagie House in Rhawnhurst

lee’s hoagie hosue

Location: 7328 Castor Ave.

Wishing my polling place also sold hoagies, tbh.

14. “Residence” in Northeast Philly


Location: 3323 Fairdale Road

The bizarre polling place to end all bizarre polling places: Some lucky residents get to just walk into someone else’s actual house to vote. That’s a thing. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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