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Jon Ossoff Meets Millennials And Emphasizes Young People Voting

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Without even realizing it, we are constantly projecting our opinion into the world whenever we click on the “like” button on Facebook or comment on an Instagram post. We have become professionals at typing our views of the world and sharing them with others on different social media outlets, but there is one aspect of inciting change in which young people’s participation is lacking: voting.

Voter Registration Numbers Surge In 6th District

May 22, 2017
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More than 5,000 people have registered to vote in Georgia's 6th Congressional District in the last 19 days.

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Earlier this month, on May 4, a federal judge order the state to reopen voter registration for the runoff between Republican candidate Karen Handel and Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff. It has become one of the most closely watched congressional races in the country. Registration for the June 20 runoff closed Sunday, May 21. 

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A new ad in the Georgia 6th Congressional District runoff campaign is tackling thorny issues around women's health care. In it, Democratic candidate John Ossoff attacks Republican Karen Handel on her controversial time as the head of a prominent breast cancer nonprofit.

 

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Voters in some suburban Atlanta communities are choosing their next state senator.

 

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Democrat Christine Triebsch and Republican Kay Kirkpatrick are on today's ballot in the 32nd state Senate district. The district includes portions of Cobb and Fulton counties.

 

Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

 

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The last time Harriet Zoller volunteered for a political campaign, she was too young to vote for the Massachusetts Democrat running for president.

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"I was a Kennedy girl," she says, smiling back to 1960.

Veronica Savoy's previous campaign experience was volunteering multiple times for Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee.

"I'm not a political party person," she explains.

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Speaker Paul Ryan on Monday implored Georgia voters to vote Republican in next month's special election, linking the Democratic candidate in the surprisingly competitive House race to the California liberal who leads the rival party in the House.

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"The left and Nancy Pelosi ... are trying to hit you with an avalanche of television," Ryan said, to drum up support "for a guy who does not share your values."

Voters cast ballots in Georgia's primary election at a polling site in a firehouse Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in Atlanta.
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There’s a small election Tuesday in Atlanta’s suburbs, but it could be a sign of big political changes coming to the Georgia Statehouse. State Senate District 32 in east Cobb County sits inside a political district getting a lot more attention, and money right now: Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.

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The Republican in a closely watched suburban Atlanta congressional race is echoing the White House after President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

Karen Handel says Trump's move is "probably overdue." Her Wednesday statement says Comey "lost the confidence of Republicans, Democrats and broader institutions."

Handel says Trump should "quickly nominate a strong, independent" successor. But she makes no mention of the FBI's inquiry into Trump's ties to Russia, and she says nothing about calls for a special prosecutor.

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Those wishing to vote in the 6th Congressional District runoff and have not registered have until May 21 to do so.

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A federal judge last week ordered the state of Georgia to re-open registration for the June 20 runoff between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff.

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While involved in a Georgia political battle drawing national attention, a candidate took time out for a marriage proposal.

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A federal judge on Thursday ordered Georgia officials to reopen voter registration in a suburban Atlanta congressional district ahead of a runoff in a heated special election.

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U.S. District Judge Timothy Batten, who was appointed by former President George W. Bush in 2005, ruled in favor of civil rights advocacy groups who argued that Georgia violated federal law by preventing more new voter registrations before the June 20 runoff.

 

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Move over Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, Republicans have a new campaign boogeyman. Well, sort of new.

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President Trump is weighing in on the 6th Congressional District race. And that could have mixed results for the Republican candidate.

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In a tweet, the president congratulated Republican Karen Handel for making it into a runoff with Democrat Jon Ossoff.

Handel, also on Twitter, thanked the president for calling her this morning.

Former Johns Creek City Council member Bob Gray hosted an election night party at Ippolito's Italian Restaurant in Roswell.
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At the end of the night, it’s about keeping the Atlanta suburbs conservative by supporting Republican front-runner Karen Handel in the runoff for Georgia's 6th Congressional District.

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That was candidate Bob Gray’s message in his concession speech Tuesday night to nearly 200 supporters at Ippolito's Italian restaurant in Roswell.

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A Georgia congressional election in a historically conservative district is headed to a runoff that raises the stakes in an early measure for President Donald Trump and both major parties ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

Democrat Jon Ossoff, a 30-year-old former congressional staffer, fell a few percentage points shy of an outright victory amid an 18-candidate scramble in Georgia's 6th Congressional District. Republican Karen Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, finished a distant second, qualifying for the June 20 runoff.

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Democrat Jon Ossoff fell below the threshold needed to outright win the race for Georgia's 6th District, triggering a runoff with Republican Karen Handel, the Associated Press reports.

Unofficial results from the Georgia secretary of state put Ossoff at 48 percent the vote. He needed 50.1 percent to avoid the runoff, set for June 20. Handel had nearly 20 percent of the vote in a field crowded with 18 candidates. 

Special Election: Why Should Teens Get Politically Involved?

Apr 18, 2017
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Today’s special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District is getting national attention. Here, one teen speaks out about why he got involved, even though he can’t yet vote. 

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Republicans are pushing to prevent a major upset in a conservative Georgia congressional district where Democrats stoked by opposition to President Donald Trump have rallied behind a candidate who has raised a shocking amount of money for a special election.

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The special Congressional election Tuesday in Georgia's 6th District, one of the first contests since Donald Trump took office, has been billed by some as a referendum on the new president. But many Republican voters in the district don’t see it that way.

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Voters cast ballots in Georgia's primary election at a polling site in a firehouse Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in Atlanta.
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Early voting in the Georgia 6th Congressional District special election ends on Friday in a race that figures to continue generating national attention into the summer.

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National money, attention, and political staffers have been flowing into Georgia’s 6th Congressional District for weeks. Recently released financial documents show money from outside the state is dominating the special election to replace Republican former Rep. Tom Price, the newly appointed secretary of Health and Human Services.

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Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff speaks to members of the group, Liberal Moms of Roswell and Cobb.
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Republicans have called into question Democrat Jon Ossoff's work for news outlet Al Jazeera.

In attack ads from the Congressional Leadership Fund super PAC and Bob Gray, a Republican running against Ossof in the race for Georgia's 6th Congressional District, the democrat's trustworthiness is questioned in connection with documentary work done for the Al Jazeera TV Network by a company he runs.

The same tack was taken in a recent mailer which made its way onto social media.

A sign greets voters before they step up to cast their ballot at a polling site, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Atlanta.
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The candidates for Georgia's 6th Congressional District will meet for a debate at 5 p.m. hosted by the Atlanta Press Club.  All 18 candidates for this special election to fill Tom Price's former seat in Congress are expected to participate.  

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The Republican’s failure to repeal The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is shaking up the special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. For a generation, Republicans have controlled the district, including Alpharetta, Roswell and East Cobb, but Democrats think they have a chance to take it back. It was vacated by Tom Price, President Donald Trump’s new Secretary of Health and Human Services.

At a debate in a Marietta Country Club, some of the 11 Republican candidates running were divided on what Congress and Trump should do next about health care.

The 18 Candidates Running To Fill Tom Price's Former Seat

Mar 27, 2017
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Tom Price in now President Donald Trump's Secretary of Health and Human Services, which leaves a big vacancy in Georgia's 6th Congressional District. There are 18 candidates vying to fill it. 

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More than a dozen candidates are running for the seat previously held by Republican Tom Price, who is now the Trump Administration's Health and Human Services secretary.

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Early voting began Monday and will run through April 14, with Saturday voting on April 8. The actual election will be held on April 18.

The 6th District includes parts of Atlanta, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Dunwoody, Doraville, Tucker, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta, Johns Creek and Mountain Park.

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Monday is the deadline for Georgians to register to vote in the April 18 special election.

The biggest race of that day is the contest for the 6th District Congressional seat vacated by former Rep. Tom Price, now the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.

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While turnout in special elections as a rule isn't especially strong, this could be an exception.

Ga. Congressional Candidate Inquires About Elections Probe

Mar 7, 2017
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Early voting in the 6th District Congressional race starts in less than three weeks, on March 27. A federal investigation continues into a possible data breach at the facility that manages Georgia’s voting system, and one of the candidates in that race is seeking information about the probe. 

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