Voting in Philly: Election Day at Triumph Baptist Church in Nicetown - Generocity Philly

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Nov. 3, 2020 5:02 pm

Voting in Philly: Election Day at Triumph Baptist Church in Nicetown

The polling place at Germantown and Hunting Park avenues was photographed by Generocity freelancers Shalon Baylis and Bobbi Booker.

(Photo by Bobbi Booker)

Two of Generocity’s freelancers voted at the same polling place — Triumph Baptist Church, in Nicetown — and took photos of their fellow voters early and mid-morning.

People arrived earlier than the polls opened, in Baylis’s photos, and waited in a long line that eventually wrapped around the church gate. Bobbi Booker was there two hours later, and witnessed continued high turnout.

Shalon Baylis:

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At 5:50 a.m., people were sitting in their cars, waiting for the polls to open; at 6:30am, people were already forming a line, and by 7, that line stretched to the gate.

By 7:30, the line was outside and wrapped around the church gate.

Everyone was ready to vote. There was a temperature check at the door. This was my first time coming so early, I was the second voter. There was no long delay for the poll to open. There were staff members identifying as “Voter Protection.”

Bobbi Booker:

[It was] 9:30 a.m. and it took me 20 minutes to vote. The last time I saw a turnout this large was in 2008 for President Obama.

District Attorney Larry Krasner made a guest appearance and thanked voters for coming out, and assured them that they would be safe voting.

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