Doug Stewart, husband of Variety Web editor Dana Harris, called from the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters to say that he arrived there this morning to find several photographers, right, waiting at the facility in anticipation that some celebrities would show up.
“One of them told me, ‘We have been tipped that there will be celebrities today,'” Stewart says.
They’ve been there for some time: Kirsten Dunst showed up last week with Why Tuesday’s Jacob Soboroff and tried to encourage the photogs to vote.
Stewart showed up this morning at 8:30 a.m. to a scene that he described as a “tent revival,” with the hundreds seeking to cast their ballots seeking shelter in temporary coverings. They were each given numbers and told to wait until it was called — kind of like a bingo game. Three hours later, Stewart voted.
The atmosphere was festive, as people cheered when their numbers were called out, and many African American voters were visibly moved as they readied to cast their ballots for Obama, he said.
But he couldn’t quite figure out why Los Angeles County has just one early voting location.
“”Chicago has 50 and we have one,” he says. “The irony is this is a Democratic town and the last time I checked, it is the Democrats who want people to vote.”