Lady Gaga, Ava DuVernay and More Stars Ask Midterm Voters to #StayinLine

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From left: Lady Gaga, Ava DuVernay, Debra Messing

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.