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US Midterm Elections: Celebrities cast their vote

CELEBRITIES across the US have headed to the polls to vote in the country’s midterm elections.

Stars including Drew Barrymore, Olivia Wilde, Blake Lively, Mariska Hargitay, Jada Pinkett Smith and Justin Timberlake all took to social media to show off their “I voted” stickers and to encourage fans to do the same.

Actress Olivia Wilde went on Instagram implore her followers to “go be awesome and VOTE”.

Fellow thespian Blake Lively posted a pic of her and birthday boy husband Ryan Reynolds, describing him as the “Sexiest Voter Alive”.

Pop superstar Justin Timberlake took a selfie, declaring he had opted for an absentee ballot.

Jada Pinkett-Smith proudly displayed her “I Voted” sticker on Instagram.

Orange Is the New Black star Laura Prepon also voted.

Kerry Washington posted “I did it!”

Mariska Hargitay announced that she had voted on Twitter.

Nicole Richie voted but didn’t say for who.

Seth Meyers proved that he had voted by posting a family portrait on Instagram.

Over the past two years, Donald Trump’s presidency has unfolded like a reality TV show with no shortage of drama during which many celebrities weighed in with impassioned calls to fans to vote.

Leonardo DiCaprio posted a video to his Twitter account with Brad Pitt urging all Americans to vote in “the most consequential [election] of our lifetime.”

Veep actress Julia Louis-Drefus posted an emotional video to her Twitter account urging people to vote as one way of ending the “fear, racism and violence” spread by the Trump administration.

Jake Gyllenhaal voiced his support of Beto O’Rourke, the Texan candidate challenging Republican Ted Cruz for his Senate seat.

“Vote for change, for compassion, for civility, for wisdom,” Gyllenhaal wrote. “Vote because you can, because we fight for rights by exercising them”, wrote the 37-year-old actor who posted a photo of himself wearing a T-shirt supporting O’Rourke.

Avid Democrat, Cher called the election a “matter of life or death”.

In the past, Taylor Swift had received widespread criticism for not being politically vocal, but the pop star recently broke her silence declaring support for Tennessee’s Democrat candidate Phil Bredesen.

“Please don’t sit this [election] out” Swift said via social media.

But Hollywood isn’t completely liberal.

Noted conservative James Woods took to Twitter to declare that voting [Republican] “red” would “save America”.

Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger took a more diplomatic stance, saying be “part of the solution.”

“Democracy is not a spectator sport,” he said.

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