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Forsyth County in top five for advance voting after first week

FORSYTH COUNTY — Forsyth County had a good turnout for the first week of voting for the May 24 General Primary, but officials suspect that likely will increase.

According to the county’s website, 2,225 voters cast ballots in the first week.

“It’s a little slow, but I will tell you that we’re in the top five counties that have the most advance voting,” said Barbara Luth, supervisor of voter registrations and elections. “Percentage wise, we’re probably even higher, because DeKalb and Fulton [counties] are one and two, but their percentages are lower than ours.

“I’d like to see a lot more come out. I’d like to see everyone come out. But it’s running smoothly, there are no lines, no waiting, so hopefully more people will come out [this] week.”

Advance voting kicked off Monday at the Forsyth County Administration Building, Cumming City Hall, Hampton Park Library and the community buildings at Midway and Sharon Springs parks.

According to the county’s website, the administration building drew 656 voters, the most of the five locations.

Of the total, 2,103, or nearly 95 percent, were Republican ballots. The department also has received 269 of the 655 absentee ballots it sent out.

The county administration building will open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, with the other locations open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Luth said the hours will stay the same at the administration building, but will change at the other locations starting May 14, the only Saturday of advance voting.

“On Saturday and that following last week, the hours at the other four locations will be 7 a.m. - 7 p.m,” she said.

Luth reminded voters to bring identification and make sure they have the correct ballot.

“They just need to bring one of their photo IDs,” she said. “They do need to choose the party of their choice. They can either choose Democratic, non-partisan and Republican, and they need to review the ballots to make sure they know which ballot they want to vote before they make their selection.”

More information, including sample ballots and a list of candidates, can be found at