Take a deep breath and let them #CountEveryVote.
That was the urgent, much needed message from Rihanna, Madonna, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland and many other artists who shared messages urging calm on Wednesday (Nov. 4) as the tabulating of the votes in Tuesday’s presidential election dragged on and on, with the tight race between incumbent Donald Trump and challenger Joe Biden continuing to hang in limbo.
Rihanna’s tweet said it loudest, with handclap emoji sprinkled between every word of her message: “Count Every Vote We’ll Wait.”
And though sibling duo Tegan and Sara are Canadian and thus can’t vote, they had sage election advice to offer, writing, “Absentee voter in AZ, MI, WI, NV, PA, GA? Check your ballot below!!! A fun activity while we pass the time until EVERY vote is counted!”
Madonna posted some of the “Beat Goes On” video to go with her message, “Let’s Go…………..Joe!! • Count Every Vote.”
Katy Perry also insisted that we “count every vote” to go with snaps of long lines of Americans waiting to cast ballots, while Lovato reminded her followers that, “our democracy and freedom are worth waiting for. We must #CountEveryVote!!!!” Later, she shared a video of delicious baked goods to reinforce the message.
Lady Gaga weighed in on Wednesday as well, offering up support for all the patriots doing the hard work of making democracy function. “Sending love, hugs, and cheers to ALL the wonderful American Citizens counting ballot after ballot to make every vote count for us!” she said. “You are warriors, representing the heart and soul of all the people!”
Spurred on by Trump’s repeated, false claims suggesting that continued vote counting is possibly illegal and/or fraudulent, crowds of protester massed outside vote processing centers in Arizona on Wednesday to protest the vote count in the state that could decide the presidency. Early Wednesday morning, despite millions of as-yet-uncounted, legitimate votes in a number of key states, Trump falsely declared victory, saying “this is a fraud on the American public” and vowing that he’ll be going “to the U.S. Supreme Court, we want all voting to stop,” even though the polls in Alaska had not yet closed at that point.
Pundits were unclear what Trump meant with his Supreme Court comment, as the Court is almost never the initial venue for a case, but typically reviews lower court rulings. Election experts also noted that it is entirely normal for vote counts to continue for hours, sometimes days after a major election as absentee and mail-in ballots are tabulated by hand, which is especially a factor in this year’s election as many Americans chose to vote remotely due to the raging COVID-19 pandemic that has killed more than 234,000 in the U.S. to date.
Check out the celebs’ vote-counting tweets below.
Count 👏🏿 Every 👏🏿 Vote 👏🏿 We’ll 👏🏿 Wait .
— Rihanna (@rihanna) November 4, 2020
Sending love, hugs, and cheers to ALL the wonderful American Citizens counting ballot after ballot to make every vote count for us! You are warriors, representing the heart and soul of all the people! 🇺🇸❤️🙌
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) November 4, 2020
— Madonna (@Madonna) November 5, 2020
COUNT EVERY VOTE! Thank you to our heroes who are valuing every American with their public service! You have heart and soul! ❤️🗳
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) November 5, 2020
Over 91.6 million nationwide requested a mail-in ballot to vote. More mail-in ballots means more time spent counting – because these ballots take longer to process. Let’s be patient, EVERY VOTE MUST BE COUNTED. 🗳@ACLU
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) November 4, 2020
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) November 4, 2020
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) November 5, 2020
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) November 5, 2020
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) November 4, 2020
To all of the hard working Poll Workers counting votes all night…….thank you SO MUCH!
What a great contribution to this country.
God Bless you All🙏🏾🙏🏾
— KELENDRIA ROWLAND (@KELLYROWLAND) November 5, 2020
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) November 5, 2020
Y’all it’s almost over. We can ignore this idiot and change the nuclear codes in the not too distant future. We’ve still got big problems (the fucking senate!) but we’re very close to crossing this gargantuan one off the list. Count the votes.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) November 4, 2020
Never forget that our democracy is for the people, BY the people. This year we showed up in record numbers across the country & that is something celebrate! I know we’re all anxious for what is to come, but democracy will ALWAYS be worth the wait❤️#everyvotecounts #counteveryvote pic.twitter.com/Dn9OMBXhFb
— camila (@Camila_Cabello) November 5, 2020
This is not over until every vote is counted. pic.twitter.com/PtqvYBfGSV
— Black Eyed Peas (@bep) November 5, 2020
— Madonna (@Madonna) November 5, 2020
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) November 5, 2020