Officials Allowed Usher to Skip Voting Line

Nov 9, 2012 11:43am
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Who knew “My Way” translated to the voting booth? Usher upset more than a few Georgia voters when he bypassed long waits at the polls Tuesday, and election officials are defending their decision to let the R&B singer cut the line.

Fulton County election officials told ABC News affiliate WSB-TV that Usher (full name: Usher Raymond IV) was escorted to the front of the line at his Roswell, Ga. polling place to minimize distractions. They said that after Usher’s team notified them of the singer’s intent to vote in person, they dispatched a poll manager to move him “through the process as expeditiously as possible.”

They added, “At no point was this decision made for preferential treatment, but to minimize and avoid a distraction at the poll.”

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But they left Usher with enough wiggle room to snap and tweet a few photos of himself voting, further infuriating people behind him.

“I take the voting process very seriously, and I was just taken aback that this was allowed to happen,” voter Alan Christian told WSB-TV.

Representatives for Usher did not respond to ABCNews.com’s requests for comment. Maybe he should take a cue from the Kardashians and get an absentee ballot next time.

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