The cutest thing about the 2020 election may be Philly’s get-out-the-vote windows

A vote poster in a East Kensington window

Window at York and Martha streets in Philadelphia’s East Kensington neighborhood. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

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Take a walk around Philadelphia and you might encounter windows filled with signs and slogans, loudly and proudly displaying the values of the household for all to see.

This phenomenon of utilizing windows as a kind of public art exhibit isn’t quite new — Philadelphians have always put up Eagles paraphernalia, holiday displays and signs of support for local elections — but the trend has certainly taken off during the pandemic.

First there were rainbows, a symbol of hope and resilience, on doors and windows, sometimes even sidewalks. Then there was the outpouring appreciation for essential workers, like sanitation and postal employees. Later, after the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, signs went up declaring that Black Lives Matter and demanding justice.

Now, Philadelphians have shifted to promoting the importance of voting, and sometimes their preferred candidates, as we approach the general election — which will not only determine the next president, but also other important local offices.

Over in West Philadelphia, one resident has adorned their tiny yard and stairs with signs in support of sanitation workers, and, of course, reminding those walking by to vote.

Home at South 49th and Warrington Streets in West Philadelphia. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

A bit further west, Halloween spookiness and election-year ideologies collide in a porch graveyard covered in mesh spiderwebs bidding goodbye to “capitalist values” and “white comfort.” Behind the makeshift cardboard tombstones, a rainbow-colored poster declares that Black Lives Matter and oh yeah, vote.

Home on the 5100 block of Catherine Street in West Philadelphia. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Down in South Philly, one house offers a helpful countdown to election day.

Window at Broad and McKean Streets in South Philadelphia. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

In Fishtown, a reminder to vote — by mail.

Window at Cumberland Street and Trenton Ave. in Philadelphia’s Fishtown neighborhood. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Over in Mount Airy, a window display reminds us that the entire human race deserves respect and equality.

A decorated window on Carpenter Lane, Mount Airy. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Many local businesses are getting into the election act too, using valuable storefront real estate to promote the polls.

The Kensington Co-op has big posters that say “Vote” in their windows.

Windows of the Kensington Community Coop in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Castellino’s Co., an Italian restaurant in Fishtown reminds people to please vote for democracy.

Window of Castellino’s Co., an Italian restaurant on Palmer Street in Fishtown. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Meanwhile at High Point Cafe in Mount Airy, the reminder is to vote for racial justice.

A sign in the window of the High Point Cafe in Mount Airy encourages voting. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Greene Cleaners urges people to vote for the planet.

A sign at Greene Cleaners in Mount Airy encourages voting. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

The Big Blue Marble Bookstore’s display is both a reminder to vote for the future, and partly in memory of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The display window at the Big Blue Marble Bookstore encourages voting and civic engagement. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Are you one of the many Philadelphians decorating your window display to endorse a candidate or encourage voting? Share photos with us on Twitter @PlanPhilly.

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