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Runoff voting expands this week

Five sites open through Friday

POSTED: July 13, 2014 12:05 a.m.
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Voting for the July 22 primary runoff election continues this week at five sites across Forsyth County.

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CUMMING — There’s still plenty of time to vote ahead of the July 22 primary runoff election.

More than 1,100 people cast their ballots during the advance voting period, which wrapped up Friday at the Forsyth County Administration Building. In addition, some 300 ballots have been received via mail.

Barbara Luth, voter registrations and elections supervisor, said she’s been impressed with the turnout since June 30.

“This is definitely going to be one of our best runoff elections,” she said. “We’ve had a great turnout so far with just one location.

“We’re always one of the best counties in the state as far as voter turnout.”  

Depending on what part of the county a voter lives, the Republican ballot could include as many as three local posts: County solicitor general, District 27 state Senate and District 22 state House of Representatives.

District 22 covers parts of Cherokee, northern Fulton and southwestern Forsyth counties. In Forsyth, that amounts to voters living in the Brandywine, Polo and Midway precincts, or about 10,000 people. The race features Cherokee County residents Meagan Biello and Wes Cantrell.

For the state Senate seat, incumbent Jack Murphy faces challenger Michael Williams, while the solicitor general’s contest pits Donna Gopaul and William “Bill” Finch. Gopaul was appointed to the post in March 2013 by Gov. Nathan Deal.

No Democrats are running for any of the three offices in November, so the July 22 runoff election decides the outcomes.

There also are runoff contests for the Republican U.S. Senate and Republican and Democrat state school superintendent nominations.

On Saturday, runoff voting expanded from that one location, the administration building, to four other spots throughout the county. They include: Cumming City Hall; Hampton Park Library; Sharon Springs Park community building; and Midway Park community building.

Luth said all five sites will be open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday this week.

Voters waiting until the regular election day, July 22, must vote at their designated precinct location.

Across the state, more than 66,000 people had voted through Friday, according to information from Secretary of State Brian Kemp.


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