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Election 2016 What you need to know to vote today in Forsyth County
Polls open for General Primary election until 7 p.m. 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.

FORSYTH COUNTY – Today is the final day Forsyth voters have to show their support for their preferred Republican or Democratic candidates running for local and state office.

All precincts in Forsyth 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:
* Cumming City Hall
* Hampton Park Library
* The community buildings at Midway, Sharon Springs, Coal Mountain and Sawnee Mountain parks
* 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

“On Election Day, voters do need to go to their individual precincts that they are assigned to. They cannot go just anywhere,” said Barbara Luth, supervisor of voter registrations and elections. “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 here.

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 here.

Results will be posted on Tuesday night.

Advanced voting wrapped up on Friday, May 20 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.

Luth 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.