Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 April 2015

Officials defend Usher's voting

Usher was given special treatment casting his election vote
Usher was given special treatment casting his election vote

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

Fulton County election officials told WSB-TV that the singer was escorted to the front of the line to minimise 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 mobile phone 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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