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Early voting for primary begins
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• More voting information can be found on Forsyth County's Web site,

• Also: When voting, voters will be asked to provide one of six forms of photo identification, including a driver's license or U.S. passport.

Early voting for the July 31 primary began Monday morning.

“We are ready,” said Forsyth County Elections Supervisor Barbara Luth.

“We’re going to try to do it in the office like we have been doing. But if it gets really popular, we’ll have to go out to the lobby.”

Luth said there will be four voting machines set up in the elections office, which is on the second floor of the Forsyth County Administration Building in downtown Cumming.

Signs will alert people that voting has begun, Luth said, though the first week could start off slowly.

“I think it will get busier and busier as it goes along,” she said. “This will project what we’ll do for the other two weeks in early voting.”

Early voting will run from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through July 20.

The week of July 23, the county will offer advance voting in multiple locations.

And, in accordance with a new state law, the county will offer a Saturday voting option on July 21.

The ballot features several contests for local and state legislative offices, as well as two congressional seats and a referendum on a regional sales tax for transportation.

Luth said she expects about 25 percent of the county’s 112,000 registered voters to take part in the primary.

For the early voting period, however, it’s difficult to project how many people will come out, particularly during the first week.

“But we’ve had a lot of people ask about it, so … they know it’s supposed to start,” she said. “We will see.”