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Early voting steady in first week
Governors race generating interest


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FORSYTH COUNTY — The early voting period for the Nov. 4 General Election is off to a brisk start in Forsyth County.

Barbara Luth, supervisor of voter registrations and elections, said there was a good crowd nearly every day this week.

“Tuesday was a little bit lower, only because it rained and poured all day, but we’ve actually, as of [late Friday afternoon] have voted 4,807 in our building,” Luth said.

As expected, the numbers lag behind those of a presidential election year, but the governor’s race between incumbent Republican Nathan Deal and Democrat Jason Carter has drawn voters.

“It’s really meeting up with the gubernatorial [election],” Luth said. “We’re not lacking there.”

Although there are no local contested races on the ballot, it contains several other state offices, including U.S. senator, Georgia school superintendent and both of the county’s congressional seats. Also featured is a transportation bond referendum in Forsyth. 

Absentee voting has also been popular, according to Luth, in part due to postcards the county sent out.

“We’ve mailed out 1,458 and we’ve already received 675 back,” she said. “I think when they sent the advertisement out that had the absentee postcards on it, that increased some of our mail-outs that we were getting.”

For most of next week, voting will be conducted only at the county administration building in downtown Cumming.

Starting next Saturday, Oct. 25, however, it will expand to Cumming City Hall, the Hampton Park Library and the community buildings at Midway and Sharon Springs parks.

“Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., we’re open in all five locations,” Luth said. “That following week of Halloween, we’re open at all five locations.”

With the ongoing construction of the new county courthouse and detention center, parking downtown near the administration building parking has been limited.

Voters can, however, park at the new deck off Castleberry Road and behind Cumming City Hall.

“Even with the construction, we’ve given them some more extra parking,” Luth said. “We haven’t really had any complaints about parking. It’s not the most convenient, and we realize that, but they’re still coming out.”

Luth said it seems the community is eager to vote.

“You see all the news ads … that are out there, people are just really interested in wanting to come out and vote,” she said. “I think it’s going to be a good election. The people of Forsyth, they usually do come out, and they’re going to come out again.”