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Georgia mayor says he was joking when he told Democrats to vote on Wednesday

A mayor outside Atlanta says he was wasn't serious when he posted on social media telling his followers to remember that Democrats should vote on Wednesday.

“Remember the voting days: Republicans vote on Tuesday, 11/8 and Democrats vote on Wednesday, 11/9," Jefferson Riley, the mayor of Mansfield, Ga., wrote on his personal Facebook page on Tuesday.

Social media users were quick to criticize the mayor for the post, which widely circulated via screenshots even after Riley deleted it. Some also defended the mayor.

Riley, who in 2014 became mayor of the small city about 50 miles southeast of Atlanta, called the post a joke in an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“People take things so seriously. You can’t joke about anything anymore — especially on social media," he told the newspaper.

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