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City of Cumming elections outpacing District 26
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The city of Cumming has less than a tenth of voters as State House District 26 does — and more than twice the turnout so far for early voting.

Through the first week of advance voting, held Oct. 16-20, 116 votes were cast for the District 26 special election to fill the unexpired term of District 26 seat, and 296 were cast for three city of Cumming elections. 

There are about 40,000 voters in District 2, meaning about .3 percent of those registered cast ballots, and 3,000 in the city, meaning almost 10 percent of voters came out the first week.

For the first week of voting for the city, there were 67 voters on Monday, 50 on Tuesday, 31 on Wednesday, 66 on Thursday and 82 on Friday. There were also 19 who voted by mail. 

In District 26, there were 21 voters on Monday, 26 on Tuesday, 27 on Wednesday, 16 on Thursday and 26 on Friday and 10 mail-in votes.

City elections are 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.

For the first two weeks of advance voting, polls are open at Cumming City Hall for city elections and at the Forsyth County Administration building for District 26 voters. 

Forsyth County was also expected to have an election following former District 2 Commissioner Rick Swope 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.

Starting on Saturday and continuing the final week of advance voting, Oct. 30-Nov. 3, District 26 voting will be open at Hampton Park Library, along with the administration building. Saturday voting will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and voting hours for the final week will remain 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Election Day voting will be held 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 7. 

There are no voters registered for both races.

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.