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As polls closed on across the country on Tuesday night, Hollywood stars made one last push for in-person voters.
Stars including Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Gabrielle Union, John Legend, Kim Kardashian West, Billy Eichner, Kumail Nanjiani and Padma Lakshmi took to social media on Tuesday evening to encourage those in line to vote to stay in line, as early numbers and projections started to trickle in. Though poll closing times and rules vary by state, many close at 8 p.m. local time, and voters in several states are still allowed to cast their ballots as long as they are in line at closing time. The final call comes as the race between Joe Biden and Donald Trump gets increasingly close as election results start to come in.
Swing states Florida and Wisconsin were of particularly emphasis from the Hollywood crowd, with Union and Josh Gad sending messages to Florida voters and Kerry Washington and Jurnee Smollett cheering on those in line in Wisconsin. Eichner also shouted out South Carolina, Nanjiani tweeted North Carolina and Ashley Judd supported Arizona voters she had spoken to via phonebanking. Debra Messing also posted a video urging voters to “stay in line, stay strong and stay calm.”
As it neared 7 p.m. in Arizona, Seth Rogen, Sarah Paulson, Tracee Ellis Ross, America Ferrera and Jimmy Kimmel rallied around voters in the swing state, particularly in Maricopa County, which could decide if Arizona goes blue or red.
The “stay in line” message was also echoed on both sides of the political aisle as Biden, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg and Donald Trump Jr. tweeted similar sentiments. The push for final votes follows the increasing likelihood that a winner will not be declared on election night, amid historic numbers of mail-in ballots and varying state laws about when votes will be counted.
With East Coast and most Midwest polls closed, the race between Biden and Trump remains close, with Biden having early projected wins through much of the Northeast — with New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, Maryland and Delaware — along with Virginia, Illinois, Colorado and New Mexico and the West Coast of California, Oregon and Washington. Meanwhile Trump secured projected wins throughout the South and Midwest, with including Indiana, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Missouri. Trump was also later announced to secure a Texas win.
Trump claimed the battlegrounds of Ohio and Iowa while Biden won Minnesota and New Hampshire. Trump also won Florida, the nation’s most prized battleground election state. The Associated Press reports that races continued to be too early to call in some of other critical states on the map, including North Carolina, Georgia and Pennsylvania.
The Senate race has been similarly close, with each party flipping an opponent’s seat and currently locked at 44 Democrats to 44 Republicans.
An unprecedented 103.2 million people cast their ballots early in this year’s presidential election, according to the Associated Press.
See the tweets below:
Could not be happier to have voted for @JoeBiden 🇺🇸 And there is still time for you to do so too! So long as you are in line by the time your polling place is set to close, you have the right to place your vote. Stay in line – we need you!! For voter support, call 1-833-336-8683! pic.twitter.com/CnOsCNNA4p
— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) November 3, 2020
People of Arizona, PLEASE STAY IN LINE. If you’re in line, they must let you vote.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) November 4, 2020
Calling all voters in line in Arizona: DO NOT LEAVE. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE. TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS. pic.twitter.com/kiRZxGUruv
— Sarah Paulson (@MsSarahPaulson) November 4, 2020
— Tracee Ellis Ross (@TraceeEllisRoss) November 4, 2020
PHOENIX! 🚨🚨🚨MARICOPA COUNTY, Arizona 🚨🚨🚨waiting in line to vote? Stay put — if you’re in line before 7 PM, you are guaranteed your right to vote! RT to spread the word.
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) November 4, 2020
Arizona!! If you are in line when the polls close, you have a right to vote! Stay in line!!!
— America Ferrera (@AmericaFerrera) November 4, 2020
Florida STAY IN LINE! https://t.co/K5aDqR8m7q
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) November 4, 2020
I VOTED!!!! Did you?!?!
If you are in line when the hours of operation close at the polls, they are required to stay open and allow you to vote, so do not get out of line. pic.twitter.com/QXsU4JPdCw
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) November 4, 2020
If you're in line when the polls close, you can *still vote*.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) November 4, 2020
🚨 If you're in line before the polls close- STAY IN LINE! 🚨
You have the right to #vote
If you have any issues call: 866-OUR-VOTE
— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) November 4, 2020
NC! Your voting has been extended in some precincts. Please vote! https://t.co/uJISBeiJ2y
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) November 3, 2020
If you are in line when the hours of operation close at the polls, they are required to stay open and allow you to vote, so do not get out of line.
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) November 3, 2020
— jurnee smollett (@jurneesmollett) November 4, 2020
Stay In Line. Stay In Line. Stay In Line. Stay In Line. Stay In Line. Stay In Line. Stay In Line. Stay In Line. Stay In Line. Stay In Line. Stay In Line. Stay In Line. Stay In Line. Stay In Line. Stay In Line. Stay In Line. Stay In Line. Stay In Line. Stay In Line. Stay In Line.
— COMMON (@common) November 4, 2020
Thank you to the #Arizona voters with whom I spoke over the past hour while phone banking for @supermajority Right on ladies for having cast your vote! And those who heading out now to #vote STAY IN LINE.
— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) November 4, 2020
— Debra Messing✍🏻 (@DebraMessing) November 4, 2020
Nov. 3, 10:12 p.m. Updated with Trump, Biden state wins.
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