Usher criticized for skipping lines to vote on Election Day
Here's a lesson we learned from Election Day: When you're a celebrity as big as Usher, you don't have to wait in line for the polls like the rest of the masses.
The famous performing artist was reportedly moved to the front of a long line of voters when he went to cast his ballot in Roswell, Ga. on Tuesday (Nov. 6). Poll manager Frank Padula was told to move Usher through the voting process as quickly as he could so as not to make "a distraction," the Associated Press reports.
"It was better for us not to create a distraction from a celebrity for other voters," Fulton elections Interim Director Sharon Mitchell said. Apparently Usher had made these arrangements prior to going in to vote.
Needless to say, those waiting in lines were not pleased. In particular, North Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that it was inappropriate for Usher to get special treatment. That sort of situation should be reserved for people with disabilities, the elderly and voters with small children, she says, adding, "I'm not sure about celebrities."
Do you think it makes sense for Usher to skip the lines at the polls, or do you think he should have had to wait in line like everyone else?