Lady Gaga, Ava DuVernay and More Stars Ask Midterm Voters to #StayinLine
Reports emerged on Tuesday of long, several-hour lines at polling sites in Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Arizona and Texas.
Lady Gaga, Ava DuVernay, Debra Messing, Common and other Hollywood stars pleaded with voters to wait out polling-site lines by posting with the #StayinLine hashtag on Tuesday.
"Let's take this all the way. You've come too far to turn back #StayinLine," A Wrinkle in Time director DuVernay tweeted with a Twitter card.
"If you’re in line, stay in line. Every vote counts! #StayInLine," Gaga added.
Reports emerged on Tuesday of long, several-hour lines at polling sites in Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Arizona and Texas. Malfunctioning voting equipment also challenged voters in New York City, North Carolina, Alabama and Texas.
The hashtag #StayinLine refers to state laws that require polling sites to allow people who are still in line when the polls close to vote. "It’s one of the most basic principles of electoral democracy: if you go to the polls when they are open, and you are a registered and qualified voter, then as long as you wait in line, you are entitled to cast your ballot even if the line is so long that you must wait until after the scheduled time for the polls to close," Ned Foley, a professor at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, wrote in a recent Medium story.
Approximately 36 million people voted early for the 2018 midterms, which pundits suggested foreboded a massive turnout for Election Day.
Read some Hollywood tweets, below.
Be a #PhenomenalVoter and take it all the way! No matter how tired or aggravated you are. If they tell you, you can’t vote because the machine is broken or the polls are closing, dig deep and #StayInLine! We see you, Florida! We see you, Georgia! On my way to see you now, Texas! pic.twitter.com/opMttcIzWp— Ava DuVernay (@ava) November 6, 2018
For voters in Georgia and elsewhere who are waiting in long lines to vote: You have the right to vote as long as you're in line when the polls close. Please stay in line, encourage those around you to do the same, and help bring this home for @StaceyAbrams. #StayInLine pic.twitter.com/MCBsuVzAui— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 6, 2018
If you live in Georgia, please vote on behalf of my father’s father, never finished the fifth grade, pitched against Satchel Paige, cooked in the Army, born and died in Georgia (in his 90s), and whose father was born a slave there and died a free man.— Franklin Leonard (@franklinleonard) November 3, 2018
#StayInLine. If you’re experiencing any issues or have questions, please call one of the numbers below. We got this fam!— COMMON (@common) November 7, 2018
Asian/Pacific Languages: 888-API-VOTE
American Sign Language: 301-818-VOTE
The CALIFORNIA DELEGATION will decide which political party CONTROLS THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.— Sean Astin (@SeanAstin) November 7, 2018
It's gonna be VERY CLOSE.
My fellow Californians, GET OFF YOUR SIDES & VOTE
YA GOTTA BE IN LINE BY 8PM PST.
Find your polling place https://t.co/HTNN1OIj3o#VOTEBLUE pic.twitter.com/DYRziNToTa