Dates, times and locations have been set for early voting for this year’s elections and will be a little different from previous years.
At a special called meeting Wednesday, the Forsyth County Board of Voter Registration and Elections unanimously approved advance voting days, locations and hours for this year’s primary and election, along with respective runoffs.
For the first two weeks of advance voting for elections, advance voting will be open only at the county’s new voter registration and elections office at 1201 Sawnee Drive, located beside the county’s magistrate court and tax commissioner, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
“Overall, [looking at] the numbers and counties of similar size, I don’t think we need to have any but our office for the first two weeks,” said board member Joel Natt.
The new building, which the county’s department recently moved into, has not yet been used for an election and will replace advance voting at the Forsyth County Administration Building and Cumming City Hall.
For the final week, voting will be held, Hampton Park Library, 5435 Settingdown Road and the community buildings of Sharon Springs Park, 1950 Sharon Road and Midway Park, 5100 Post Road.
Voting hours will remain 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the office for the last week of advance voting.
For the other locations, hours will change depending on the day. The locations will be open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.
Saturday voting will be open at all locations 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For the May 22 primary, advance voting will be held the weeks of April 30-May 4, May 7-11 and May 14- 18. Saturday voting will be held on May 12.
Advance voting will be held for the election on Nov. 6 on Oct. 15- 19, Oct. 22- 26 and Oct. 29-Nov. 2. Saturday voting will be held on October 27.
As part of a motion, board members voted to give some leeway to the hours of the November election after observing the primary. As of now, any run-offs for the election will have the same rules for advance voting.