Ossoff Campaign: Jon Didn't Vote in 2012 Because He Was Studying Abroad

Jon Ossoff speaks to volunteers and supporters / Getty
April 21, 2017

Democratic congressional candidate and media darling Jon Ossoff did not vote in the 2012 election because he was studying abroad.

Ossoff voted in the presidential primaries and general elections in 2008, 2010, 2014, and 2016, but not in 2012, CNN reported. According to Ossoff's campaign, he was unable to vote in the election because he was earning his Master's degree at the London School of Economics in England.

Ossoff recently took first place in the primary election for Georgia's sixth congressional district, but did not clear the 50 percent threshold required to avoid a runoff. He will now face Georgia's former Republican secretary of state, Karen Handel, in a June runoff for the seat that was vacated by current Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price.

Ossoff left for London in September 2012, his campaign said. Prior to moving to London, Ossoff was working in Congress as a legislative assistant to Rep. Hank Johnson (D., Ga.), who once compared Jewish settlers to termites.

CNN reported that Ossoff managed to vote absentee in 2016, but did not do so in 2012.

Ossoff not only failed to vote for any Democrats in 2012, but he also did not vote for himself in Tuesday's jungle primary. This is because he does not live in Georgia's sixth district, which he is running to represent. Ossoff has repeatedly insisted that he lives out of the district so that his girlfriend can walk to the medical school she attends.