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?