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Voting for primary runoff opens

POSTED: June 29, 2014 12:06 a.m.

FORSYTH COUNTY — Parking has been a concern for Forsyth County elections officials leading up to the start Monday of early voting for the July 22 primary runoff.

“We’re working on helping out the parking situation a little to see if we can reserve spots for voters even with the construction,” said Barbara Luth, elections supervisor.

“But the two weeks that we’re here it may be a little hard to find a close parking space. If we can get voters to wait until that last week [known as advanced voting] it might help them.”

As the county’s new courthouse and jail are being built, the Forsyth County Administration Building, where early voting is held, has lost the bulk of its parking spaces due to construction.

However, a new parking deck on Castleberry Road opened Friday, which should help the situation some, though it will also require voters to walk two blocks.

But even without a parking crunch, Luth said voting turnout for a primary runoff is historically low.

“Turnout may be 3 percent, maybe 5 percent if I’m real lucky, but I’m not going to hold my breath,” she said.

In addition to several state races, including the Republican U.S. Senate, and both Republican and Democrat state school superintendent runoffs, Forsyth has three local races that Luth said likely will draw voters.

They will get to choose their preference in the Republican races for District 27 state Senate, District 22 state House of Representatives and county solicitor general.

“People are more interested in the local races, I really do believe that,” Luth said. “That’s not unusual because those are their local representatives and they have a little more knowledge of them and input.”

Early voting will run this week and the following week in the county administration building.

Saturday voting will be held July 12 at all five advance voting locations. That’s the start of advance voting, which will be held the week of July 14 at the same five sites.


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