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Precinct changes coming into focus

Voters can view plans at meetings

POSTED: June 26, 2013 12:30 a.m.

Forsyth County’s elections office has begun holding public information open house meetings on the proposed changes to the local election precincts.

The first of five sessions, which let voters know about the plans to shuffle voting locations beginning in 2014, was scheduled for Tuesday night at the Hampton Park Library.

Two sessions are set for July and another two in August at different sites across the county.

“We want their opinions. We don’t want them to wait until after it’s all said and done to say, ‘Oh, I wish you didn’t do that,’” said Barbara Luth, the county’s supervisor of voter registrations and elections

“We want to know if there’s some valid reason we shouldn’t be doing some of it.”

The proposed changes are aimed at reducing the number of precincts from 25 to about 16, combining as many as three sites into one. The cost-saving measure will also eliminate the use of schools as precincts to help alleviate traffic congestion around carpool lanes.

One of the most sweeping changes is being made to the Browns Bridge precinct.

Under the proposal, Browns Bridge will inherit the Pleasant Grove and Chestatee precincts, using Keith Bridge Road as the main boundary between it and the Crossroads precinct.

Staff will be at the meetings, presenting maps of the current precincts, the proposed changes and graphs of voting history, among other tools.

“We figured if we spread them out it might be better,” Luth said. “I hope people come out and look and voice their opinions. A lot of times they don’t, but we want to make sure they have the opportunity.”


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