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Elections board calls city election
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The Forsyth County Board of Voter Registrations and Elections approved several items to clear the way for this fall’s city of Cumming election.

During Tuesday’s meeting, the board called for the city’s general election for Cumming City Council Posts 3, 4 and 5 and for a special election to move the time restaurants can serve alcohol on Sundays from 12:30 p.m. to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

In the city council elections, Post 4 Councilwoman Linda Ledbetter, a former Forsyth County Commissioner and retired educator, and Post 5 Councilman Christopher Light, an attorney, will not face a challenge for their second terms. Both were elected in 2015.

Candidates Jason May, Brent Patrick and Joey Cochran are running for the Post 3 seat that has been held by Councilman Lewis Ledbetter since 1971.

For the alcohol change, “Brunch bills” were on local ballots across the state last year after a bill allowing the time change was approved by the Georgia General Assembly and signed into law by then-Gov. Nathan Deal in 2018.

Last November, Forsyth County voters approved the change for unincorporated parts of the county with 64.22 percent of the vote.

Smith said voters living in the city have until Oct. 7 to register to vote in the election and absentee and advance voting would start on Monday, Oct. 14 and run through Friday, Nov. 1.

Advance voting will be held at Cumming City Hall, 100 E. Main Street, from 8 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Election day voting will be held at city hall, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The board also voiced approval with a policy to move their meetings, held on the first Tuesday of each month, to the second week if an election conflicts with the meeting date.

That change means the board’s November meeting will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 12, when the city’s election will be certified.

The board also approved moving some parcels into the city’s voting district, bringing it in line with the city limits after recent annexations of land from unincorporated Forsyth County.

After approval of new voting machines in the state, the new system is slated to get its first use in Forsyth County in the March 24 Georgia Presidential Preference Primary.

To get acquainted with the system and to be ahead of any potential issues, the first week of advance voting for that race will only be held at the Voter Registrations and Elections Office at 1201 Sawnee Drive.