Election Officials Defend Special Voting for Usher

Usher Raymond IV was escorted to the front of the line to minimize distractions at his Roswell polling place.

Friday, Nov 9, 2012  |  Updated 6:27 AM EDT
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Election Officials Defend Special Voting for Usher

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Singer Usher Raymond, pictured here at the Pencils Of Promise inaugural gala, bypassed long voting lines on Election Day to cast his ballot.

Election officials in the Atlanta area are defending their decision to allow singer Usher to bypass long lines and cast his ballot on Election Day, infuriating voters who had to wait.

Fulton County election officials tell WSB-TV that Usher Raymond IV was escorted to the front of the line to minimize distractions at his Roswell polling place. They said in a statement that poll manager Frank Padula was directed to move Usher through the process as quickly as possible.

WSB reports that Usher took cellphone pictures of himself voting, then posted them on Twitter.

Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann questioned the decision. Hausmann said she can think of only a few people who might deserve such treatment, such as people with disabilities, the elderly and voters with small children.

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