On Election Day, polls, “I voted” stickers and maybe long lines may come to mind. Yet, with millions of people voting on Nov. 3 and the vast landscape that makes up the U.S., the day likely looked different across the nation.
Take a look at these snapshots from Election Day and see how it compared to yours.
Start them young
Political analysts say a great way to instill civic duty into future voters is to have them see democracy play out first hand, with parents setting the example. Hopefully, this voter’s son will remember his first trip to the polls. Ahmed Morsi brought his 1-month-old along to cast his vote on Election Day. Judging from his comfy position, the process likely went smoothly.
They’re not horsin' around
In true Texas fashion, these voters trotted to the polls. It was all smiles on Election Day as the pair made their way to the ballot box -- and we’re talking about the horses.
“Take me out to the polling place”
There was no ball game Dodger Stadium, but there was a crowd.
The Malmberg couple masked up for an Election Day trip in Los Angeles and gave their young children a civics lesson while also stepping up to the plate to explain the rules of baseball to the little ones.
Mood lighting in the booth
Some voters cast their ballots in a date-worthy theater in Los Angeles. With chandeliers hanging overhead and the spotlights on Election Day, people at Hollywood Pantages Theatre had arguably one of the prettiest polling locations in the country.
Keeping votes on tempo
Members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra set the sounds of Election Day in New York as musicians across the area were playing for voters. This musician greeted voters with the strong and soothing sounds of her violin as they entered the nearby polling location, showcasing her mastery as they walked out with an “I voted” sticker.
Democracy is delicious
Food truck staff struck a pose as they provided pizza to the polls. Things got cheesy as workers encouraged Miami voters to cast their ballots for a free slice. The initiative keeps voters fed in the name of freedom.
Cantan y Votan
They sing and they vote!
Los Pasajeros mariachi band in Los Angeles serenaded voters as they waited in line on Election Day. Trying to lift the mood and bring entertainment, they congratulated voters as they walked out of the polls and cheered for them mid-song.
A historic election
Spotted on a modern-day carriage, Matthew Woods led the charge to the polls on Election Day. Dressed as a Continental soldier, Woods said the 2020 election is a historic one -- and Michigan is a key player.
Behind the voters
In the U.S., you have to be 18 to vote but virtually anyone is allowed in the polls. As voters concentrated on their ballots, 4-year-old Sofia was focused on Lucky, who was waiting patiently by the booth.