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Did Usher get special treatment voting Tuesday?

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ROSWELL, Ga. -

Fulton County Elections officials defend their decision to bring music star Usher to the front of the voting line on Election Day, but one county official disagrees believing the celebrity should have been treated like any other voter.

Usher posted photos of himself voting at the Roswell Community Center on his Instagram account shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday. The center did not escape the long lines that plagued many voting precincts, but Usher did. He was brought to the front of the line because officials say he was a distraction at the polling place.

Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann says she supports a few exceptions to having to wait in line at the polls that include senior citizens and the disabled. State laws currently prescribe that voters with disabilities or who are 75 years of age or older may move to the front of the line during the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Election Day.

A statement released by Interim Fulton County Elections Director Sharon Mitchell stated that she would recommend that in the future, if poll managers determine a public figure's presence in line is too disruptive, that person should be given a number and moved to a less visible place to wait for their turn.

The larger issue for Fulton County remains the extensive delays and other problems on Election Day. Commissioner Hausmann is calling for a full audit of the county's elections operations.

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