Several ongoing matters were discussed at a short meeting of the Forsyth County Board of Voter Registrations and Elections on Monday, including hearing from county staff about updates for a new building to be used by the department and future hearings to clean up inaccurate voter information.
New building update
Barbara Luth, the supervisor of the department, said crews are making good progress on the new elections building being constructed next to the Forsyth County Tax Commissioner’s Office on Tribble Gap Road.
“They completed the site clearing and the construction of the detention pond. They’re about 50 percent done grading,” Luth said. “They are about 10 days late on the grading due to soil issues, which is nothing they can’t fix.”
The department currently operates out of an office at the Forsyth County administration building and a warehouse off Piney Grove Road, which has voter registration cards and equipment. The new building will take over for both and be used for some advance voting.
Commissioners approved the building earlier this year, and construction will be handled for $3.1 million by CBI General Contractors.
The department could be moved in by the end of the year.
Hearings moved back
Hearings for registered voters whose information appears to be inaccurate in the department’s records will be pushed back to the fall due to elections happening outside of Forsyth County, such as the contentious run off in the state’s Sixth Congressional District.
“We’ve postponed that until August or September because of the federal runoffs,” Luth said. “A lot of our people are in DeKalb, Fulton, Cobb, around us there and some of the people we are trying to get may have moved there.
“We have been getting responses from the original 75 who were on the list.”
Those still on the list will receive a letter describing the county’s issue with their registration. For those with multiple addresses, letters will be sent to each.
At a previous meeting, officials said hearings have not been held since 2015.