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Forsyth County elections board discusses new building
Voter building
In March, commissioners approved a bid to construct a building for Forsyth County’s Department of Voter Registrations and Elections beside the Forsyth County Tax Commissioner’s Office on Tribble Gap Road. - photo by File photo

A new home for Forsyth County’s  Department of Voter Registrations and Elections is moving ahead, but there are still needs to address.

Chairman Donald Glover, who has been heavily involved in the process, said the project had encountered some issues with the original plan. 

“After we got an electrical plan, they had flaws in the electoral grouping,” he said. “I guess the electrical engineer thought: ‘let’s be efficient, let’s use this space,’ but it got us too close to the garage doors, the staging areas.”

Glover said there were also plans to have an open area for storage to allow for possible future office space as needed.   

Barbara Luth, director of the department, said there would not be a formal groundbreaking ceremony but there would likely be an open house once it is open. 

“They’re needing some dry weather, hopefully in the next couple of days, because there are some things they can’t do while it’s still wet,” she said.

She said work on water lines for fire protection and steel framing would begin this month.

In March, commissioners approved a $3.1 million bid to CBI General Contractors to construct the building beside the Forsyth County Tax Commissioner’s Office on Tribble Gap Road.

The department currently operates out of an office at the Forsyth County Administration Building and a warehouse off Piney Grove Road, which has voter registration cards and equipment. The new building will take over for both.

The new building will also be used for advance voting previously done in the foyer of the county administration building. 

Also in the meeting, the board discussed the need for a new polling location in the area of the new Denmark High School, which is set to open in 2018, and Luth said hearings on inaccurate voter registrations had been postponed until after election is other municipalities on June 20.