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Final week of early voting sees sharp rise
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Forsyth County News

Advance voting came to a close on Friday, but the third week of early voting more than tripled the total for the first two weeks.

For the first two weeks of advance voting, 4,768 Forsyth County residents voted. As of Thursday more than 18,500 came to the polls bringing the total to more than 23,000. Luth said she expected about 3,000 to vote on Friday. Since voting went from being open in one location to five, the number of voters multiplied as well.

“It’s gone great. A lot of people are coming out, so we’re really happy with the turnout.” Supervisor of Voter Registrations and Elections Barbara Luth said. “We’ve had 15,865 [as of Wednesday] and 2,900 on Thursday.”

On Oct. 25, the county held it’s only Saturday of voting and brought in 2,470 voters. Luth said the event was successful, but thought the hours might change for the next election.

“Saturday went very well,” Luth said. “We had 2,400 people vote, so it was a good turnout. We’re doing some analyzing on the time and finding out if we should be open at 7 a.m. on a Saturday.”

Friday was the last day of advance voting, and polls won’t be open until Election Day on Tuesday. On Tuesday, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will be open at all 16 polling stations. Voters are required to bring photo identification, and can look online to find their voting location.

“We’ll have all 16 locations open, and they would need to go to their specific poll on Election Day,” Luth said. “I think we’ll have a pretty good turnout there too. I don’t think we’ll have lines because we control our lines very well.”