First Slice: The Jon Ossoff edition

Image GET OUT AND VOTE: 6th District candidate Jon Ossoff.Courtesy Jon Ossoff

Happy Special Election Day! Folks in the 6th District, we can't tell you enough how important it is to get out today and cast your vote. At this point, you should know all the reasons why your ballot matters. More than 140,000 people in your district get it: They voted early.

But we can tell you why you should choose Democrat Jon Ossoff to be your next representative to fill the vacant seat left by Tom Price. In addition to flipping a district blue and giving Democrats the boost they need to prepare to take back the House from the GOP, this is your chance to elect someone who still believes in "kindness and decency and respect.?۝ Plus: His competitor Karen Handel has been proud to state her opposition of a livable wage.

Here are five more reasons why you should #VoteYourOssoff:

?ۢ Because he's not interested in labels. While many of his ideals do lean progressive, he's also adapted more centrist themes into his campaign, and has talked about the importance of bipartisanship in order to get things done.

?ۢ Because he's committed to protecting reproductive rights, family planning and Planned Parenthood. In comparison, Handel had to resign from the Susan G. Komen Foundation after she, as senior vice president for public policy, pushed to cut off annual funding to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screenings.

?ۢ Because he's garnered the support of some pretty respectable guys, including civil rights icon John Lewis (whom he interned with in high school) and Bernie Sanders. "This election can determine what happens to all of us," Rep. Lewis said earlier this month. "There are forces that want to take us back to another time, to another place. But we don't want to go back. With Jon Ossoff, we will go forward."

?ۢ Because he's promised not to compromise on voting rights. Handel, on the other hand, has a long history of making it harder for people to vote.

?ۢ Because Tweeter-in-Chief Trump who's proven himself hardly trustworthy, what with being possibly under investigation for obstruction and whose campaign may have colluded with the Russians would rather you "vote now for Karen H?۝ instead. Nuff said.

The polls are open until 7 p.m. today. Do the damn thing.

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