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Election board discusses voting hours, Spanish registrations

At a meeting on Tuesday, members of the Forsyth County Board of Voter Registrations and Elections and county staff continued work and discussions ahead of the Nov. 6 midterm elections.

Ballot fixes

Barbara Luth, supervisor of the county’s voter registration and elections department, said a few corrections had been made to the November’s ballot, including clarifying the ballot was for both general and special elections and cleaning up language for the potential SPLOST VIII extension.


The final day to register for the election is Tuesday, Oct. 9, and the final day to get an absentee ballot is Nov. 2, the Friday ahead of the election, though officials recommended coming in earlier.

“We try to have them come in a little bit earlier,” Luth said. “They can come in now. The earlier they can do it, the better it is because they have to get it turned around to us.”

Spanish registration

Responding to a question for Democratic appointee Randy Ingram, Luth said the county office would accept Spanish-language applications from Gwinnett County.

“We’ve already gotten word from the secretary of state that if … we get a Gwinnett County Spanish [application] we still register that,” she said. “No matter what kind of registration it is, if it is a Gwinnett County Spanish application, we accept it.”

Luth said the voter would still need to meet voting requirements and would need to show ID at polls.

She and other county employee said they were not aware if they had ever received such a registration.

Voting numbers

During the director’s report, Luth handed out a sheet of numbers regarding Forsyth County voters.

As of Sept. 1, the county had 141,457 active voters and 9,451 inactive for a total of 150,908 registered voters.

The county had totals of 148,852 — 139,195 active and 9,657 inactive — on Aug. 1 and 130,867 — 120,433 active and 10,434 inactive — as of Dec. 31, 2017. 

Election Hours

During the meeting, election hours were for advance voting were clarified. The hours for advance voting will look similar to hours for the primary in May and runoff in July except with a second Saturday of voting.

Advance voting will be held from Monday, Oct. 15 until Friday, Nov. 2. 

Voting will be held at the Forsyth County Elections office from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. all days accept Saturdays Oct. 20 and Oct. 27, when the office will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Starting Oct. 27 and continuing for the final week of advance voting, polls will also open at Hampton Park Library, 5345 Settingdown Road and Midway, 5100 Post Road, and Sharon Springs, 1950 Sharon Road, parks.

Voting at those locations will be held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29, Wednesday Oct. 31 and Friday Nov. 2 and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30 and Thursday, Nov. 1.