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Officials get update on new Forsyth County elections building

CUMMING — Forsyth County will still build a new facility for its voter registration and elections department, but has made some slight adjustments to the plan.

The changes, approved by the county commission last week, will shift the building from the rear of the proposed site off Hwy. 306, beside the tax commissioner’s Sawnee Center, to the lot’s western corner.

Donna Kukarola, the county’s procurement director, said the move would better accommodate vehicles used by the department and provide more parking.

“It will still be on the same site, the same location. This location will give them more ease,” she said.

“They have some night trucks that come in. This will give them some ease to get around. Also, poll superintendents have to load their vehicles.”

According to Kukarola, the change will not affect parking “when they have early voting.”

The elections department currently operates out of the county administration building, but will move to the new structure after its completion.

According to Kukarola, the estimated cost of the project won’t be known until the designs are finished and bids received.

Construction cost will be covered by the county’s contingency fund, she said, adding that officials hope to be moved in by November 2016.