On Monday, the Forsyth County Board of Voter Registrations and Elections held its final meeting before advance voting begins Oct. 17 and the Nov. 8 general election, and board members and staff discussed how to ensure election day runs as smooth as possible.
Elections Supervisor Barbara Luth said she is not concerned with long poll lines but stressed that voters can speed up the process by reviewing sample ballots before voting.
“It is very important for voters to view their ballot and review those questions ahead of time so that when they get to the booth they don’t have to read them there, they don’t have to make their minds up,” she said. “That is the one thing that can take time.”
Luth also said she was optimistic about turn out for advance voting, which begins on Monday and will continue for three weeks, including Saturday, Oct. 29. She said she has already fielded questions from the community ahead of time.
“I think things will go smoothly,” Luth said. “People are coming and asking about ballots, and I usually tell people where to go find them when people come in to register.”
Board member Joel Natt pointed out that poll workers should be aware of those campaigning at polling stations, which is not allowed — for all issues, not just the larger, national elections.
“We also have to be conscious and let our poll workers be conscious of vote yes, vote no on [local issues].”
Tuesday marked the final day to register for the election, but Luth said in the meeting the county already had a significant amount of voters.
“We are up to 137,759 active and inactive voters in the county,” she said. “We’re growing every day.”
The county population was 212,438 as of July 2015, according to U.S. Census data.
For more information, including a sample ballot, go to Forsythco.com/Departments-Offices/Voter-Registrations-Elections.