America's a big country, and so it was that sometimes locals had to get creative in order to vote on Tuesday.

In most cases, Americans could amble down to a local school or church or local authority building to vote while some had to hop over to their local Mexican restaurant, car service garage or even their neighbour's basement.

In Chicago, a number of private residences as well as at least one hair salon, had to double as polling stations.

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American soldiers in Kosovo were reminded to vote earlier this week

Bizarrely, one electronic ballot box was even hosted in someone's sparklingly clean basement in President Obama's home city.

Ccheck out our slideshow below for more unusual voting spots

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  • In Stockton, California, a local waits outside the Gallegos family garage to vote

  • Delia's beauty salon stands in as a polling station in Chicago on Tuesday

  • Ex-pats vote in Mumbai, India last month

  • Also in Chicago, efficient voters could get supper while they voted in this Mexican restaurant

  • US troops are reminded to vote in Kosovo last week

  • This car service garage doubled as a polling station in La Vista, Nebraska

  • This car service garage doubled as a polling station in La Vista, Nebraska

  • Bob Worhola votes in a resident's garage in Forest City, Pennsylvania

  • A voter casts his ballot in Chicago on Tuesday - from someone's basement

  • An Obama mural had been stealthily painted overnight in this Philadelphia polling station, and was covered up after Republican complaints