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Forsyth County advance voting increases again

Advance voting by the numbers

21,506: voters in the second week of advance voting
7,374: number of voters at Sharon Springs Park, the most popular voting location in the second week
17,692: voters in the first week of advance voting
7: Polls will stay open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. for the final week of advance voting
5: sites open for advance voting.

FORSYTH COUNTY -- Numbers are up for the second week of voting in the Nov. 8 general election.

This week, 21,506 voters cast a ballot at the county’s five advance voting locations, up from the first week total of 17,692. Barbara Luth, the county’s supervisor of voter registrations and elections, said she was pleased with the turnout.

“It went better than the first,” Luth said. “Every day we’ve increased and even some of our sites that were not as popular before, like Hampton Park Library, have really increased their counts.”

Sharon Springs Park was again the most popular voting location this week, with 7,374 voters coming out, most of whom came out on Friday. For the first week of voting, the location saw 5,397 voters, and the busiest day was Friday with 4,147 voters.

Saturday marked the only weekend day of advance voting, though those numbers were not available as of press time.

More than 138,000 active and inactive voters are registered in the county, and Luth said she expects about half to vote early and the majority to participate in the election.

“We really like for our voters to vote early,” Luth said. “Normally we have over 50 percent of voters that are going to vote vote early. We expect to have 80 percent in our county vote.”

Luth said that advance voting was popular with voters and there were even some waiting in line before polls opened on Friday.

“We had some people in line this morning waiting for the polls to open,” she said. “They seem to like it because they keep calling and saying when can I do it and where can I do it and what days.”

Advance voting is held at the Forsyth County administration building, Cumming City Hall, Hampton Park Library and the community buildings of Sharon Springs and Midway parks. All polls are open to all voters for advance voting.

For all locations except the administration building, voting hours in the final week are 7 a.m.-7 p.m. The administration building is open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for all days of advance voting.

Throughout advance voting, Luth and other officials have recommended that voters read ballots ahead of time to cut down on time spent at the poll.

“It’ll be very helpful that [voters] look up the questions and read them before going,” she said. “We have a lot of people that are looking up the absentee ballots when they come…before they go to the booths. You can tell the ones that have looked at them, because they kind of go through voting a little faster.”

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