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POSTED: July 24, 2012 6:45 p.m.
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Poll workers assist residents as they get ready to cast their ballots Saturday at the County Administration Building.

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To the surprise of local elections officials, fewer than 350 people voted Saturday at the Forsyth County Administration Building.

The turnout wasn’t nearly “as many as I’d have liked to have had Saturday, I’ll tell you that much,” said Barbara Luth, Forsyth County’s elections supervisor.

“It rained. It poured down rain and I think that had a lot to do with it. That and people are on vacation.”

It was just the second time the county has offered voting on a Saturday. The first was in March for the presidential preference primary.
Saturday voting came about through a new state law, introduced by District 23 state Rep. Mark Hamilton of Cumming, to give voters more access to the polls.

Luth said she was expecting twice as many people to show up Saturday, but is still confident this week’s advance voting will be steady.

Advance voting is offered at five locations instead of just one. On Monday, the first day, 827 people cast ballots. Turnout remained consistent Tuesday.

“They’ve been pretty steady here all along and yet there have been no waits,” Luth said. “I hope it will pick up, but it will at least be steady the whole week.”

She added that the more people show up for advance voting, which ends Friday, the shorter the wait times will be on July 31.

“It helps to alleviate a little bit of congestion at the polls [on Election Day],” she said. “If they come here to vote early, we don’t have any lines right now.”

 

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