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

November 3, 2020 Category: FeaturedPurposeShort

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:

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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