People just keep wanting to make a story where there is none. There is no outrage in Atlanta over Usher voting. Did he get special treatment? Well kind of. Here is what really happened. In Atlanta, we had a lot of early voting opportunities. Lots of weekend voting stations set up and there were lines. Not long lines but lines. And the news cameras were out in full force showing people taking advantage of early voting. Most of the time the lines were not that long, average I’d say was 30 minutes or less. So Usher needs to vote. He knows if he goes on election day there is no way to know how long the lines would be. So he opts for early voting.
But first, he calls his voter site to let them know he is coming. Because, chaos tends to break out around Usher just like every other big time celebrity. Arrangements are made to take him in right away and get him out before the polling site is mobbed. He comes, he illegally takes a picture of a polling place and tweets it (oops), he votes for a FORWARD America as he put it in the tweet and he leaves.
Did he get special treatment? Yes. Was it the right thing to do? Yes. Usher did the right thing by alerting his polling place. The polling place did the right thing in not having him standing in line causing chaos. Everyone needs to stop making this a situation when it wasn’t.
P.S. While he tweeted his voting pic on Nov. 6 the polling people seemed to indicated he was there for early voting. Either way, who cares? You can’t have Usher in Atlanta in a polling line without having major drama. They made the right call.
P.P.S. I know it looks like he is standing in line there but he isn’t. See that sticker on his jacket? That’s the official “I Voted” sticker for Georgia.