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Election 2012: Forsyth backs Romney, Republicans

Voter turnout about 80 percent

POSTED: November 7, 2012 12:25 a.m.

Forsyth County voters overwhelmingly threw their support behind Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in balloting Tuesday and also backed a state referendum involving charter schools.

In the two races for congressional posts that represent Forsyth, local voters heavily favored the Republican candidates, Rob Woodall in District 7 and Doug Collins in District 9.

The election of Forsyth’s sheriff, as well as the re-election of many local officials and state lawmakers, all Republicans, was also confirmed.

Nearly all on the ballot were unopposed, including those for school board, solicitor, district attorney, tax commissioner and various judicial posts.

According to the local elections office, voter turnout in Forsyth was about 80 percent, which pleased Barbara Luth, the county’s elections supervisor.

“I think we’re higher than a lot of counties around us,” she said. “Our turnout was great.”

According to Luth, there were few problems on Election Day, the lines were well maintained and there wasn’t “a lot of craziness out there.”

Shed added there were lines “first thing in the morning because some of [the precincts], maybe 100 to 150 people had been in line at the very start, like at Sharon Springs.”

Despite the early morning rush, 35 minutes was the longest wait time, according to Luth.

“By the time they hit the door, it was taking seven or eight minutes to go through the process,” she said.

She credited poll workers for managing the process throughout the day.

“They kept up with the steady flow to get everybody voted and out the door,” Luth said. “I’ve heard nothing but good from citizens and county employees and everybody else.”

Midway and Windermere were the busiest precincts.

“It was very, very smooth. We didn’t have a lot of complaints from voters,” Luth said.

“The only thing I would like to see next time is that [voters] actually go in and check earlier that they’ve registered to vote. A lot of them didn’t, and unfortunately they may not have been able to vote.”

As far as any machine glitches, Luth said there were one or two machines that needed to be reset when a card got stuck, but “it was nothing unusual.”

According to election figures, about 60 percent of the 81,913 residents, or some 49,300, who voted did so before Tuesday.

Forsyth’s election results will be certified Friday.

Among the lingering questions are which write-in votes and how many of the provisional ballots will count.

Luth said there were about 75 provisional ballots, which most likely involved voters who hadn’t registered on time.

“The majority of them are people who feel they registered with the Department of Driver Services, or mailed something in to us, and it just never got to us,” she said. “I have to do some further research on those.”


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