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Officials Defend Moving Usher to Front of Long Voting Line

Other voters weren't happy to see the singer cut the line


It seems that celebrities get special treatment everywhere — including at the voting booth.

On Tuesday, election workers escorted popular singer Usher to the front of a very long line of voters at a polling station in Roswell, Ga.

Election 2012 Takes Social Media by Storm
Election 2012 Takes Social Media by Storm

Responding to a public outcry over the incident, Fulton Country election officials issued a statement saying they felt that Usher’s presence created a “distraction” for other voters, the Atlanta Constitution Journal noted.

Election officials also indicated that the singer’s representatives had contacted the polling station to prepare officials for his appearance there.

Usher later posted cell phone pictures of himself at the voting machine on his Twitter account. There has been no comment on the incident from Usher or his representatives.

Ordinary citizens who waited in line for the opportunity to cast a ballot expressed frustration over being shuffled aside for a celebrity, and other Fulton Country officials said the preference shown to Usher was unfair to other voters who had to wait their turn.

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