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Election Day arrives
Ballot has president, Sunday sales questions
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Forsyth County News


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Because Tuesday will be a regular class day, precincts that are in schools may be crowded as the school day begins and ends. The Forsyth County Elections Office recommends avoiding voting during student drop-off and pickup times as follows:

Middle schools

• Little Mill, 6800 Little Mill Road, and Vickery, 6240 Post Road — 8:15 to 9 a.m. and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Elementary schools

• Matt, 7455 Wallace Tatum Road — 7:10 to 7:45 a.m. and 1:45 to 2:30 p.m.

• Mashburn, 3777 Samples Road, and Sawnee, 1616 Canton Highway — 7:45 to 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.  

In the past three weeks, 6,149 Forsyth County residents have voted in Georgia’s presidential preference primary election.

The early turnout should shorten any lines Tuesday on Election Day, when the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Forsyth County Elections Supervisor Barbara Luth said turnout is a little slower than it was during the 2008 preference election, which can be expected.

“Any time you don’t have an incumbent coming up in a race, turnout is higher,” Luth said. “We’re coming up a little bit short, but … in 2008, we had 1,700 Democrats voting for somebody to go up against a Republican.”

Barack Obama is alone on the Democratic ballot for president. The Republican ballot has several names in addition to the four candidates left in the race — Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.

In addition to Republican and Democratic ballots, a non-partisan option is available.

All three ballots will have at least one alcohol sales question, asking voters if they’d like to give Forsyth County retail stores the ability to sell alcoholic beverages on Sundays.

Residents of Cumming will have a second question asking if vendors in the city can sell on Sundays.

Those requesting a party ballot do not need to vote in the same party during the July primary or November election.

Those voting on Tuesday must go to their designated precinct location to vote.

For the 2008 presidential preference primary, turnout in Forsyth was 48 percent.

Luth said this time around, she expects less than 30 percent turnout.

That’s the same number Ethan Underwood said the local Republican Party anticipated, despite the county’s strong GOP constituency.

“You’ve always got the probability of voter apathy, but there also has been a change in voting locations,” said Underwood, who chairs the party. “We lost the Cumming library and now we have two precincts — city hall and the county administration building — that are right across the street from each other.

“Voting locations are much like banks. People get attached to one location. And when it changes, a lot of people don’t show up.”

Several changes were made to the precincts last year and took effect with the Nov. 8 special election.

Voters are encouraged to verify their precinct on the county’s Web site,

They will be asked to provide one of six forms of photo ID, including a driver’s license or U.S. passport.

Underwood said he was hoping for a 40 percent turnout, especially with two of the three Republican presidential candidates having stopped in Forsyth to speak to thousands of voters.

“We’ve certainly had a push to get the information out there,” he said. “But at some point, voters have to take personal responsibility and they’ve got to show up at the polls.”