Should Celebrities Be Allowed to Jump to the Front of the Line at Polls?

Usher was reportedly allowed to jump to the front of the line and then take photos of himself while voting. Is this fair?

Fulton County says superstar Usher was a model citizen when he voted in Roswell on Tuesday. Wouldn't we all be if we were afforded the same privileges?

A local resident in Roswell told Roswell Patch the international celebrity was able to skip past long lines of waiting voters with his own photographers in tow, despite posted signs that prohibited pictures and videos to be taken in the polling area.

Bob Giordano, a spokesperson with the Fulton County Office of Communications, confirmed Usher Raymond voted in Roswell. He said Usher did take photos, but not of the voting machines, only of people who wanted to pose with him.

People who waited in long lines for their turns at the voting machine and honored the rule not to take photos were not impressed. The argument that it was for security and crowd control reasons because of the celebrity status didn't impress others either. The argument was there is always absentee voting if that is likely to present a problem.

So what do you think? Should celebrities be given special privileges at the polls?
Chris November 10, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Right. Can't wait to see wait how much better things are in 4 years.
Tammy Osier November 10, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Well, chris, it starts with education but people have to willing to listen. Sometimes we (humans) have to lose everything in order to look up. Onceyou get people's attention and get theri eyes off of every word spoken by the media propaganda machine, you can teach them the the economics that we speak of is to help you be successful and excel. Just think, if a poor person became rich how much they could do to give back. That's the conservative mesage, but it requires hard work, and face it, we have become lazy.
aissatou November 10, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Not unless they have to go really, really bad and in that case, still an assistant should hold their place in line. He diluted the American process by being simply a nuisance! Publicity is like eating black eyed peas for days, even though the results stink, some celebrities don't care, they just continue eating it all up under any circumstance. Unless this is the first time Usher has voted, he fully knew what his presence would bring to those adoring fans. So was his purpose to cast his vote, obviously not since he could not stand in line or absentee vote.
Tammy Osier November 10, 2012 at 05:40 PM
I have friends from every walk of life, but there are some that I think of when I hear a politician say that they have enough money - they don't need it! really? How do you know that? These peole live in St. Ives. The Dad is a famous athlete and is worth millions. Let's see...what do they do with their money ? They go to nursing homes and find people whose insurance hs run out and pays their bills. They have started numerous ministries where they do the same; they've taken in homeless people and helped them get a start on life. And these people aren't rich, white people either before anyone gets racial on this. I know the rebuttal. "But they can't give to everybody which is why the government has to!" Oh Lord.... somebody else explain how that one works. It gets frustrating talking to a blank wall.
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew November 10, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Special access HE!! NO! Give that to those who by their actions secure and protect our right to vote by their service in the military. It hasn't always been a volunteer based organization, but those who serve deserve the honor and recognition NOT performers. Funny, we didn't hear about Tyler Perry needing this service, even though he at least has been EXTREMELY charitable in a personal way within the metro area... Why even Kevin Kenerly stood in line with the regular Joes and not a disturbance was to be found... Most celebrities are just "legends in their own mind"
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew November 10, 2012 at 07:50 PM
USHER - a proud member of the hated one percent... (Smiles)
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew November 10, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Why wait 4 years? We are all about to see a joint super "Comprehensive" massive amnesty and tax increases on the Rich. ( Rich ACTUALLY defined when all is said and done as making more than 45K) Speaker Boehner just CAN'T for the full scale sellout to begin, cause there's a congressional vote in 2014 and he has to keep the House. Maxie Price Crying Towels at the ready? Check!
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew November 10, 2012 at 08:20 PM
People who believe the government has to do it are the ones who DON'T give of themselves.
Dave Emanuel November 11, 2012 at 05:37 AM
I've known a number of celebrities, and the thing I could never figure out is the reason they are considered as such. Just because someone is good at making faces in front of a camera, or has a great singing voice, plays a professional sport or just has a lot of money means nothing more than that. They're famous because they earn a living by appearing on front of a large audience, and while they may have exceptional talent in one area, they are often sorely lacking in truly important human characteristics. A true celebrity would have stood in line like everyone else or would have voted with an absentee ballot. Anyone who brings an entourage to the polls is just a low class personality with some serious self-esteem problems
Dave Emanuel November 11, 2012 at 05:50 AM
Tammy- It has to do with the entitlement mentality that has become pervasive in this country. But here's the rub. According to 2009 IRS statistics, 140 million people filed tax returns, but only 82 million paid taxes. Considering that annual federal expenditures are approximately $4 trillion, EVERY one of those taxpayers would have to pay $49,000 in income tax to cover the expenditures. The government has other forms of tax revenue, so in actual practice, that number would be reduced, but it doesn't take much analysis to see that there aren't enough wealthy taxpayers to make a significant difference in the deficit. "Tax the rich" may play well on Main Street in Liberalville, but the idea that it will have any practical benefit is pure fantasy. The data is all on the IRS web site for anyone to view, but that won't make a difference. The entitlement crowd will either ignore it or discount it as being untrue, so don't wast your breath.
Tammy Osier November 11, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Amazingly enough Dave, I will make 49,000 in my dreams. So, I will owe the government more than I make eventually. Oh....wait....sin't that communism where I make money, the government takes it and distributes it back to the masses as they see fit? What amazes me more are those who are fooled by it. And it is fitting to talk about htis on a post that asks about celebrities because that's how we choose our leaders today. Whoever has the most charisma. Dave said: The data is all on the IRS web site for anyone to view, but that won't make a difference. The entitlement crowd will either ignore it or discount it as being untrue, so don't waste your breath. The bible says that people will CHOOSE to be blind. They will willing follow those who tickle their ears. Sad even more is that much of this comes from people who say it's godly to vote this say. But the bilbe says, too, that even the elect, if possible, will be fooled by the spirit of this age. The wheat and the tares are being separated.
Mr. B November 11, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Having spent considerable time in China, I have a first hand view of how communism works. China doesn't just hand out money like we do here. They actually require the recipients to work. Sweeping streets is a popular job. I wonder how big the protest would be if America started handing out brooms along with food stamps.
Mayasmommi November 11, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Until he backflips into his clothes, finds a cure for cancer or heals all the world issues with a tip of his head - he is no better than any other person waiting in line. If Usher was in such a hurry to vote and did not have time to wait in line - he should have done the absentee vote.
Chris November 11, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Usher could do us all a favor and not vote at all
Mr. B November 11, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Can't wait til the next election. I be bringin my posse. I be skippin the line and laughin at all you loser homies. Pictures wit me can be had for $25. Cash only.
John Wages November 11, 2012 at 03:17 PM
"B" November 11, 2012 at 03:22 PM
I agree with North Georgia Weather.
John Wages November 11, 2012 at 03:23 PM
When it comes to voting....We are all the same....No better.
waving_girl November 11, 2012 at 04:29 PM
He should have voted absentee to avoid any sort of situation. The only people who should go the front of any line are the handicapped or elderly.
SUNKEN SUB November 11, 2012 at 05:08 PM
* “ IT AIN'T OVER TILL IT'S OVER ” — Lawrence Peter ( YOGI ) Berra Well it's over - So, FOGITABOUTIT :))
Chris P November 11, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Either he waits in line or gets an absentee ballot. First time I heard of him was in the article describing how he was allowed to go to head of the line. Now if he was a recipient of the Medal of Honor or the Purple Heart I'd have no problem.
Chris P November 11, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Just curious are you submarine veteran?
Edward November 11, 2012 at 06:42 PM
I'm simply proud to live in a civilization that affords everyone the right to vote without being beat up, shot, imprisoned, stone walled because they might be female etc.....instead, I have to read about the same sentiment on the patch. The fact that you even suggest it or that it bothers you so much shows the depth of your character, and that for me is wierdly scary given I live in the land of the free. "Our" civilized society promotes freedoms that can only be seen by billions of others at the movies or read about in books. I applaud Governor Rodney for asking us to pray for the president and support him. The electoral process is over, the people have chosen their leader for the next 4 years, lets band together as brothers and sisters, put aside our differences and continue on the path to rebuild our great nation. If our kids read our comments today about their music sensation, how do you think they would interpret the message? If Peter Frampton, Garth Brooks, Serena Williams, Sarah Palin or Ken Block showed up at my polling station, I would have preferred that they cut in front and then asked to take pictures with my kids ;-). PS: Those are a few of my celebrities, who are your celebrity type stars?
waving_girl November 11, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Somehow the answers to question about celebrities has shifted to taxing the rich, entitlement mentality, rich people work harder and give back and oh yes, the ever popular "media propaganda" machine. I think the rich should pay at least the same percentage as me; the majority of the so called "entitlement mentality" comes from several things one being Social Security and I worked and put money in that fund. The same "rich" people that are "conservative" and propelled us into this economic mess want to manage the Social Security fund. If the "rich" people wanted create jobs they would have but it meant much more money in their pocket to outsource to foreign country. So to all the folks that get their news from Fox (the same outlet by the way that hacked into phones in the UK and did other bad things) the economy will continue to improve but you will not hear about it unless you look for data in other sources.
SUNKEN SUB November 11, 2012 at 07:07 PM
@ CHRIS P No, Naval reservist in communications and a former (sunken) SUBstitute teacher. SS162 A tragic story - S 51 or later SS 162 was sunk in the late 20's after a collision with a freighter near Baltimore. Most of the crew perished. It was raised and refitted and served as a training vessel but never saw combat. We can choose a path but not a destination.
Mr. B November 11, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Girl, I've said tis before but will say it again for your benefit. YOU are the problem. Stop buying outsourced goods and goods won't be outsourced. Buy American and it will create jobs in America. I will also ask that you follow your own advice...get your news from a variety of sources. I don't watch Fox. Nor do I watch MSNBC, CNN, ABC, CBS. NBC, etc. All slanted and sources of deception.
waving_girl November 12, 2012 at 06:43 PM
So you think simply buying American will bring jobs back? I don't disagree that we should buy American but it won't create enough jobs. However one bigger more effective thing to do, is make it painful for businesses to outsource work out of our country to places that barely pay workers. The businesses that keep work in the US are the ones that should get tax credits not Exxon Oil or the like. I assume you really do watch Fox because your media mantra sounds like theirs. Interesting that you assume I don't take my advice. There are many sources for information if one is really looking for the truth and not looking for what backs up their own skewed views.
Mr. B November 12, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Actually if you only buy American it will create more jobs than we have people to fill. And I have never watched Fox News in my life. I usually watch the Today Show for the news highlights leaving the fluff stuff from Matt Lauer for my dogs to watch.
Diane November 12, 2012 at 07:02 PM
I read that the problem with some american made is that the retailers selling the products up the price of the american products to make the foreign ones cheaper.
Ardna Q Fox November 19, 2012 at 10:00 AM
I am a soon to be "Georgian". I reside in Virginia currently. With that aside, I have started reading the "Patch" to acquaint myself with the area. UGH - first thing I see is the eogtistical Usher showing all his insecurities by drawing attention to himself and the cowardice of those in charge to disallow this event. Virginia is looking better all the time. AQF


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