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Pose's Angelica Ross Had to Train Staff to Open Georgia Polling Place

Angelica Ross

A new voting system led to chaos during the Georgia primary Tuesday, resulting in many voters waiting hours in the June heat to cast their ballot.

However, Angelica Ross was there to save the day at her polling place. The Pose and American Horror Story star tweeted that when she arrived to vote Tuesday morning, she helped an untrained staff begin their operations.

"Not only did I vote this morning, but I actually OPENED the polls this morning. The volunteer staff didn’t know how to. I trained them on how to program the voter cards, open the polls, and turn on the printers," Ross tweeted alongside a face-palm emoji.

Halle Berry retweeted Ross's message. "Queens doing the work," the movie star praised, along with a reminder to vote.

Voter suppression has been an ongoing issue in Georgia. Last year, Republican Brian Kemp narrowly defeated Democrat Stacey Abrams in the gubernatorial election after many African-American voters reported difficulties voting due to the "exact match" standard of names. In addition to nonfunctional voting machines, this week's election saw a host of difficulties in Fulton County, where Atlanta is located, including a delay in absentee ballots being mailed during a pandemic, reports CNN.

Mail-in ballots remain the easiest and safest way to vote during a health crisis — although the GOP, led by President Trump, has fought against their use. Activists have warned that more action needs to be taken to prevent voter disenfranchisement during the presidential election this fall. For example, transgender people face unique hurdles to voting in some places due to ID requirements and other laws making it harder for marginalized groups to vote.

Ross has emerged as a major force in the political world. She became the first transgender person to host a presidential forum at last year's event for The Advocate, and she made headlines last week for schooling AHS costar Cody Fern on racism and the history of police brutality.

Tags: Election, Georgia

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