January 23, 2021

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Tyler Perry Did Not Get His Absentee Ballot. So He Flew Home to Georgia to Vote

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Tyler Perry, whose Madea franchise has made him among the wealthiest stars in Hollywood, hopped a flight from Wyoming to Georgia late Monday to vote in person after failing to receive an absentee ballot.

“All right, my absentee ballot never came, so I just left voting in person, so y’all get out and vote, get out and vote, get out and vote,” Mr. Perry said while sitting in his car outside an unidentified polling place in a selfie video posted on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon.

On Monday, Mr. Perry — who owns houses in California, Wyoming and the Bahamas but maintains his main residence in the Atlanta area, where he built a 330-acre studio — expressed concern that he would not get a chance to cast his votes in the runoff.

“Is anyone else having this problem? I ordered my absentee ballot on December 2nd. I’m told it was mailed on the 4th. I still don’t have it!” he informed his 6.4 million Twitter followers.

A back and forth with Stacey Abrams, a voting rights activist who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2018, ensued.

“Requested a ballot but haven’t received it? Vote in person on Election Day! Just tell the person at the check-in table that you wish to cancel your ballot & vote in person,” she responded.

“Hey @staceyabrams, I flew home because I didn’t get it. I will be there early in the morning. Too important to miss. Too important to miss!” he tweeted back.

Mr. Perry had described himself as nonpartisan, but he endorsed Joseph R. Biden Jr. in 2020, suggesting that he felt the need to oust President Trump for the sake of his 5-year-old son.



Glenn Thrush and Cara Buckley


2021-01-05 15:35:50


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