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Decision day dawns
Ballot on Tuesday full of state, local races
Alice Reid takes advantage of advance voting Friday at the Forsyth County Administration Building. - photo by Jennifer Sami
• The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. For a full list of precincts or for more information, call (770) 781-2118 or visit

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• Voters must provide one of the six acceptable forms of photo identification: Georgia driver's license; valid ID card by any state or U.S. with photo; U.S. passport; government employee photo ID; U.S. military ID card with photo; tribal ID card with photo.
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• A guide to the 2010 election, as well as sample ballots, can be found on this site under 'Local.' Please note, you'll need to know your precinct to determine the proper ballot. Election results will be updated online Tuesday night.

Since June 7, about 4,200 Forsyth County residents have voted in the state primary.

That’s about 4 percent of the county’s 103,000 registered voters.

The low turnout is surprising, said Barbara Luth, the county's elections supervisor.

“I wish it had been higher,” she said. “Some people may be waiting for election day.”

If so, they'll get their chance on Tuesday, when the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

During the 2008 July primary, nearly 5 percent of the county’s registered voters cast a ballot before election day.

Just 17 percent of registered voters cast a ballot in 2008, but there was no gubernatorial election, which Luth said should help draw voters Tuesday.

“I know it drops down from the presidential elections, but when you don’t have an incumbent governor going in ... and some of the local races would have gotten more people out,” she said.

Luth said she’s hoping for a turnout of 15 percent Tuesday.

“It’s probably going to be between 10 and 15 percent at the rate we’re going,” she said, adding she would love to be wrong.

“We have the crews to cover it and we have the equipment out there if the people come out.”

Each precinct will have between eight and 10 voting machines with about five or six poll workers at each location.

Luth said all voters must bring a valid form of photo identification.

One thing new voters may not know is that there is no campaigning allowed within a 150-foot radius of each precinct.

That includes signs but also “shirts, hats, buttons or any type of materials.”

“And please remove [campaign materials] from their cars when they park in the parking lot if they park within 150 feet,” she said.

“When we have complaints, we go out and take care of them and we do ask the poll managers to walk the perimeter every hour and make sure they’re not out there.”

To be sure, each precinct has a map showing the 150-foot radius and measuring string is available, Luth said.