If you have received an official-looking document in the mail claiming to be an "election document" requiring a signature, don't panic — it's not a scam or a solicitation but outreach with real information on how to vote in the upcoming runoff election from local political parties.
According to Barbara Luth, director of voter registrations and elections for Forsyth County, the documents residents have received are real absentee ballot request forms for the upcoming runoff election for Georgia's state secretary of state and public service commissioner for District 3.
Luth said that contrary to what they are hearing from the community this form is not an actual absentee ballot itself but is a valid application to receive an absentee ballot.
"They are valid applications, and if they do send them to us, we will mail them an absentee ballot," Luth said. "All they have to do is sign it and send it into us."
Luth said that voters will not be affected if they ignore or trash the mailer and choose to request a ballot in a different way or if they vote in person.
On Friday, Luth said that they sent out over 1,800 absentee ballots to local voters.
"If they don't get the ballot and decide to come and early vote or vote on Election Day ... what they vote on the machine counts," she said.
Advance voting for the Dec. 4 runoffs for state secretary of state and public service commissioner for District 3 will begin Monday at four locations across Forsyth County and wrap up on Friday, Nov. 30.
The secretary of state’s race is between Republican Brad Raffensperger and Democrat John Barrow, both of whom beat out Libertarian Smythe Duval. Public service commission District 3, which represents metro Atlanta, will be between Republican Incumbent Chuck Eaton and Democratic challenger Lindy Miller. Libertarian Ryan Graham did not qualify for the runoff.
Voting will be held at the Forsyth County Voter Registrations and Elections Office (1201 Sawnee Drive), Hampton Park Library (5345 Settingdown Road), Midway Park Community Building (5100 Post Road) and Sharon Springs Park Community Building (1950 Sharon Road).
Dates and times will differ by location.
The elections office will host voting every day from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
At the other three locations, hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26, Wednesday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 30 and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27 and Thursday, Nov. 28.
All 15 of the county’s polling locations will be open on Election Day, and voting will be held 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Reporter Kelly Whitmire contributed to this report.