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Advance voting wraps up in Forsyth
General Primary election set for Tuesday
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Forsyth County News

Who's running

* Sheriff: Incumbent Duane Piper and Ron Freeman
* County commission District 4: Incumbent Cindy Jones Mills and Kelli Warren
* County commission District 5: Chandon Adams, Justin Hawkins and Laura Semanson
* Board of Education District 3: Incumbent Tom Cleveland and Steve Mashburn
* Board of Education District 5: Incumbent Nancy Roche, Kevin Foley and Michael Tasos
* Coroner: Lauren McDonald III and Stan Rutledge
* U.S. Senate: Incumbent Johnny Isakson Derrick Grayson and Mary Kay Bacallao
* U.S. Rep. for Congressional District 9: Incumbent Doug Collins, Paul C. Broun, Roger Fitzpatrick, Bernie Fontaine and Mike Scupin
* State Sen. District 51: Incumbent Steve Gooch and John Williamson
* State Rep. District 25: D. Stuart Jones and Todd Jones.
* Public Service Commission: Incumbent Tim Echols, Kellie Pollard Austin and Michelle Miller

Democrats will have a choice between U.S. Sen. candidates Jim Barksdale, Cheryl Copeland, John F. Coyne III and James Knox.

On both ballots, voters will also be asked a number of questions from the state parties.

For in-depth coverage of the contested races affecting Forsyth County, see the stories below:

* Forsyth County sheriff’s debate turns testy
* Forsyth BOC District 4 goal to control growth
Forsyth BOC District 5 will have new face
* State House District 25 hopefuls tout conservative values
* Hopefuls for Forsyth County coroner offer experience
Forsyth BOE District 3 focus on growth
* Forsyth BOE District 5 draws large field

FORSYTH COUNTY -- Advance voting has wrapped up for Tuesday’s General Primary, leaving Forsyth voters with one more chance to support their preferred Republican or Democratic candidates.

Polls closed on Friday after being open for three weeks, capping off the busiest week of voting. In the final week, 3,764 voters cast ballots at the five advance voting locations, up from 2,225 in the first week and 2,516 in the second.

Barbara Luth, supervisor of voter registrations and elections, said she thought the fact that it was the last week to vote in advance compelled residents to come out and that she was happy with the numbers.

“They have made their decisions now and they can go out and vote,” she said. “It’s gone really good. We’ve had good numbers. We’re still in the top five [counties in Georgia] as far as numbers go, considering it rained, and that slowed it down a little bit.”

Forsyth has more than 132,000 registered voters in a total population of more than 204,000. 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.

For all locations except the Forsyth County Administration Building, voting hours changed in the final week from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. to 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

The longer hours began on Saturday, May 14, the only weekend day of advance voting.

Voting hours at the administration building were 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for all of advance voting.

The three-week total for advance voting was 8,505.

Of the 732 ballots mailed since early April, 401 had been returned as of Friday.

The majority of voters, about 95 percent, cast ballots for the Republican Party during advance voting.

Tuesday will be the final day of voting for the primaries, and all precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

To participate in the election, registered voters must show proper government-issued identification.

Voting will take place at all advance voting locations except the county administration building, and will also be held at First Redeemer Church, Cavalry Chapel, Browns Bridge Church, Harmony Grove Baptist Church, Lanier United Methodist Church, First Baptist Cumming, Olde Atlanta Clubhouse, Windermere Lodge, Concord Baptist Church and the community buildings at Coal Mountain and Sawnee Mountain parks.

“On Election Day, voters do need to go to their individual precincts that they are assigned to. They cannot go just anywhere,” Luth said. “As long as they are in line at 7 p.m., they will be allowed to vote.”

Residents can find their assigned voting precinct online at

For the races with more than two contestants, a runoff will occur if no candidate reaches the required 50 percent of votes plus one vote. If needed, runoffs will be held on July 26.

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