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Early voting begins
Runoff election for 9th District in U.S. House
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Forsyth County News
Boxhed: At a glance

Early voting

Early voting for the June 8 runoff election runs from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday at the Forsyth County Administration Building, 110 East Main St. in Cumming.

Advance voting

Advance voting is set for 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 1-4 at the administration building, as well as from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the following locations:

• Forsyth County Public Safety Complex, 3520 Settingdown Road
• Midway Park, 5100 Post Road
• Cumming Public Library, 585 Dahlonega Hwy.
• Lakeland Community Church, 2110 Sharon Road
Early voting is off to a slow start, with fewer than 20 people casting a ballot Monday in the June 8 runoff election for the 9th District U.S. House seat.

Officials expect turnout to gain momentum as the election date approaches.

Voting began Monday in the contest that features former state lawmakers Tom Graves and Lee Hawkins.

The two Republicans topped six other candidates in the May 11 special election to fill the remaining term of Nathan Deal, who resigned to run for governor.

Nearly 12 percent of Forsyth County’s eligible voters participated in the election.

County Elections Supervisor Barbara Luth said she’s hoping for a 10 percent turnout in the runoff.

“Some people that voted for the candidates that aren’t on this ballot probably won’t go out and vote,” she said.

Luth expects early turnout to be strong this week and next, leading up to the runoff.

“They like to vote early in Forsyth County,” she said. “And we like for them to come out and vote early.”

In May’s race, Graves carried the county with 4,334 votes, or about 48 percent, to pull away from Hawkins of Gainesville, who received 2,016 votes, or about 22 percent.

In balloting across the 15-county 9th District, Graves tallied 18,306 votes, or 35.4 percent, to Hawkins’ 12,000 votes, or 23.2 percent.