Usher cuts long election line in Georgia

7:59 AM, Nov 9, 2012   |    comments
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Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY

Talk about VIP treatment.

Usher was ushered right to the front of a long line on election day in Roswell, Ga. and now officials in the Atlanta area are defending the move.

They said in a statement that poll manager Frank Padula was directed to move Usher through the process as quickly as possible, reports AP.

"It was better for us not to create a distraction from a celebrity for other voters," Fulton elections Interim Director Sharon Mitchell said. She noted that the singer had made arrangements in advance.

But, as you can imagine, the special treatment of the Grammy Award winner infuriated everyone else who was forced to wait, Channel 2 Action News reported.

North Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann, who has been critical of long lines and insufficient polling space and machines in her area, questioned the fairness of the decision. She said people who might deserve such treatment include those with disabilities, the elderly and possibly voters with small children in tow. "I'm not sure about celebrities," she told AJC.com.

Usher's camp hasn't commented.

What do you think? Should he have waited? Or was it best not to create a distraction?

USA TODAY

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