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Also at their meeting Monday, the Forsyth County Board of Elections heard updates on the following:

* Barbara Luth, elections supervisor, will be speaking to the county finance department next month to review the department’s 2015 budget. The spending plan could include funding for a January election, if any of the federal contests resulted in a runoff.

* The board waiting for Gov. Nathan Deal to sign House Bill 1048, which would increase its size from three to five members, adding a second Republican and Democratic member to the mix.

* OLVR, short for Online Voter Registration, is fully functioning, allowing residents with a valid driver’s license to register to vote online. So far, two people have done so.

Because registration requires a signature, only those with a driver’s license can sign up online.

* There are 123,540 registered voters in the county, though that total includes those classified as active and inactive.

 

-- Jennifer Sami

CUMMING — The Forsyth County elections office could have a new home if department officials get their way.

Elections Supervisor Barbara Luth said she plans to talk with county leaders soon about consolidating the department’s two existing locations into a larger facility.  

“We need a much bigger place than we have now,” said Luth during a Board of Elections meeting Monday. “We’re searching for good ideas for a facility.

“And we have to have loading docks ... for all of our polling equipment.”

Luth said she would like to start the move toward year’s end or in early 2015 to be ready for the 2016 presidential election.

Donald Glover, who chairs the elections board, noted that the current locations are in the county’s administration building and a warehouse about four miles away.

“It would be a very efficient and sensible thing to do for us to merge our two facilities into one,” Glover said. “We have over 600 electronic items we must store, keep charged and test.”

The warehouse space, according to Glover, requires at least two employees work together for safety reasons. That can present some staffing challenges, particularly around lunch time.

The department has a full-time staff of five employees, though Luth said the search is on to fill two full-time and one part-time employee slot.

But even with lower-than-normal staffing, Luth said the current office is a tight fit for the department, which is having trouble squeezing in its new printer for absentee ballots.

Added Glover, “I hope they can find us something. I would like to see something ... more centrally located to Cumming.”