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Advance voting for city of Cumming, District 26 begins Monday
Election

Advance voting for the Nov. 7 special election to fill the District 26 state senate seat and elections for three city of Cumming positions will start next week, but polling places and dates will be different between the city and state elections.

Advance voting for the races will begin Monday at Cumming City Hall for city residents and at the Forsyth County Administration Building for District 26 voters. Those will be the only polling locations for the first two weeks, Oct. 16-20 and Oct. 23-27, and they will be open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Starting Oct. 28 and continuing the following week, Oct. 30-Nov. 3, voting will be open at Hampton Park Library, along with the administration building, for county voters. Saturday voting will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and voting hours for the final week will remain 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

For city voters, all advance voting will be held at City Hall and there will not be Saturday voting. 

Barbara Luth, the county’s supervisor of voter registrations and elections, said there are no voters living in both the city and District 26, though there is a small overlapping area between the city limits and the district.

“Although there is a small portion of District 26 that dips into the city, that is the [Forsyth County] Board of Education building,” Luth said. “There is no one registered in both District 26 and in the city.”

Election Day voting will take place at regular voting precincts.

Voters must bring government-issued photo identification to vote. The six allowed forms are a Georgia driver’s license, ID cards, passports, government employee photo IDs, military IDs with photos or tribal ID cards. All IDs must be valid. 

Voter registration for the elections closed on Tuesday, but voters can check to see if they are already registered at www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do. 

City elections will be for mayor and Post 1 and 2 of the Cumming City Council. 

The following candidates qualified for the city election:

• Mayor: H. Ford Gravitt (incumbent) and Troy Brumbalow

• Post 1: Chuck Welch (incumbent) and Chad Crane

• Post 2: Quincy Holton (incumbent) and Jason Evans

The District 26 race, east and northeast Forsyth, will determine who will replace former District 26 state Rep. Geoff Duncan, who stepped down from the position to focus on his 2018 campaign for lieutenant governor. 

Republicans Marc Morris, a U.S. Navy veteran and businessman, and Tina Trent, a freelance political writer for Capitol Research Center and America’s Survival, and Democrat Steve Smith, a retail manager, qualified for the seat.

The winner will serve the remainder of Duncan’s term, which ends in 2018, meaning another election for the seat is on next year’s ballot. 

If none of the District 26 candidates reach at least 50 percent of the vote plus one vote, a runoff will be held on Dec. 5. The city elections will not have a runoff.

Forsyth County was also expected to have an election following former District 2 Commissioner unexpectedly stepping down due to requirements for an executive position with E-Trade. Dennis Brown, a south Forsyth resident and retired U.S. Army Colonel, was the only candidate to qualify for the seat.

More information and voter registration documents can be found at http://www.forsythco.com/Departments-Offices/Voter-Registrations-Elections.