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Office of elections updating voter rolls
New system likely to ease the process
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Forsyth County News

By month’s end, more than 9,200 letters will have gone out to Forsyth voters who didn’t vote in the 2012 or 2010 elections.

Barbara Luth, supervisor of voter registrations and elections, said the practice is common for non-election years.

About 60 percent of those who receive the letter will reply and remain on the list of registered voters. “[But] 40 percent of these mailings come back with no forwarding addresses,” Luth said.

“What happens to those people is they go into inactive [status] and then eventually they go to delete status,” she said.

The process is not new, but will be conducted annually and using a new statewide voter registration system, according to Luth.

During a recent Forsyth County Board of Elections meeting, Luth offered an update on the new PCC system.

Though Forsyth was among the first to adopt the new program, this is the first week all counties have made the switch, with Fulton being the last.

The change from the DOS-based to Windows-based system won’t be noticeable to voters, but poll workers and elections office staff will have to be trained.

“I think once we learn the new system, we’ll be better suited, but you have to understand, we’ve worked for 20 years on the old one,” she said. “It’s just learning a new system.”

The program captures signatures for those registering to vote and keeps them in the system for comparison.

“So when you look up a voter, you can actually look up their current signature to verify it and we did not have that capability before,” Luth said.

“That will definitely help with doing absentee and having to check those because you do have to check those signatures before you send out an absentee ballot.”

The new system will also help cut back on letters of inactivity, as voters moving from county to county will be easier to track.

“It keeps us up to date about people who move, even around the county,” Luth said.