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Advance voting numbers dip entering third and final week

FORSYTH COUNTY — Numbers were down in Forsyth County for the second week of advance voting in the May 24 General Primary, though election officials are hoping turnout picks up in the final week.

As of Friday, county figures showed that 2,093 voters had cast ballots at one of five advance voting locations last week, for a total of 4,318 voters in the first two weeks.

The weekly total was a slight decline from the opening tally of 2,225 voters. Barbara Luth, the supervisor of voter registrations and elections, said such a dip was not completely unexpected.

“It’s been worth it to have five sites open for this election, but we did cut down on people so we didn’t have quite as many poll workers,” Luth said.

Forsyth has more than 132,000 registered voters. Advance voting began May 9 at the Forsyth County Administration Building, Cumming City Hall, Hampton Park Library and the community buildings at Midway and Sharon Springs parks.

Sharon Springs was the most popular location last week, with a total of 543 voters, or about 26 percent of the week’s total.

For the second straight week, the vast majority of voters — 1,989, or about 95 percent — chose Republican ballots for the primary.

The department also received another 44 absentee ballots and mailed out 29. Since early April, 313 of 684 ballots sent out have been returned.

Saturday was the only weekend day for advance voting. It also was the first day for all polls, except the county administration building, to stay open from 7a.m. to 7 p.m.

Those hours will continue this week, while voting hours at the administration building will remain 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The turnout for Saturday voting was not available as of press time, but can be found on the county’s website.

More information, including sample ballots and a list of candidates, can be found at