Usher Skipped The Voting Line On Election Day And People Are Furious

Tsk, Tsk, Ursher!
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Usher’s caught up in some drama and it has nothing to do with his ex-wife, or his affair with her bridesmaid, or custody battles. It’s a simple case of celebrity preferential treatment, and a lot of people are pissed about it. If you voted on Tuesday, chances are you waited in line. And chances are good that the line was hella long. Unless, of course, you’re big fancy R&B crooner, in which case the line was probably non-existent. Election officials in an Atlanta suburb are now under scrutiny for letting Usher (who voted for FORWARD motion) skip the line at their polling station. Click inside for deets!

E! has the story:

Usher certainly rocked the vote—and not in a good way.

The R&B crooner has come under scrutiny for reportedly cutting ahead in line while voting in an Atlanta suburb, and election bigwigs are asking polling-site officials for an explanation.

Per local TV station WSBTV, the singer voted Tuesday at a community center in Roswell. But when he arrived, election officials reportedly zipped him through a back door of the precinct and straight to the front of the line, bypassing others who’d been waiting ahead of him.

The move infuriated other voters, who vented their frustration to local officials and news outlets. The singer also reportedly whipped out his camera phone and shot photos of the polling station.

After being put on the defensive, election officials said in a statement that that site’s poll manager “was directed to ensure that [Usher's] presence would not become a distraction by taking necessary measures to move [him] through the process as expeditiously as possible. At no point was this decision made for preferential treatment, but to minimize and avoid a distraction at the poll.”

Officials also said that the singer’s camp informed the precinct beforehand that the star would be arriving, and that they had given him permission to shoot the photos.

Celebrities get preferential treatment, um, every day so this doesn’t really surprise me. But I guess it would have been kind of annoying if I was standing in line and Ursher Baby cruised right by me, snappin’ pictures on his way out, lol.

What do you guys think? Does it sound like they were just trying to avoid a riot (because, yeah, people probably would have flipped out if he was standing in line with them), or was Usher too cool for the voting line?

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  1. Vicky

    I think there are more important things to be worrying about in this world.

  2. Kate

    We don’t really know the details. Usher might have demanded to cut the line when his people called the polling place in advance. If that is the case, shame on him. On the other hand, the polling folks might have offered to have him skip the line when he arrived. In that case, I am sure anyone would accept that offer if it were presented to them!

  3. I feel they should have urshered him to the back of the line just like anyone else.

  4. I don’t care who you are, unless you are protected by federal, state, or local law enforcement, you don’t get to jump the line. And if you need to – then vote early or absentee. Policies concerning Poll Workers and election procedures are public in Georgia. I seriously doubt there is a formal policy in place defining who is “famous enough” to get preferential treatment. Sounds to me like typical bs of a famous person throwing his weight around. Probably voted for Romney anyway, since he grew up in a red state, lol.

  5. Megan

    Who cares? Obviously it was important for him to vote on election day, and not do an absentee ballot. And it would have caused a distraction if he had to wait in line. The POTUS got to skip the line too! Lets start an argument about that lol

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