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Polls open Saturday for voting in District 5
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Justin Hawkins.

EAST FORSYTH -- Residents in east Forsyth who can’t make it to advance voting during the week for the July 26 Republican primary runoff will have a chance this weekend.

The only weekend day of advance voting for the runoff between Laura Semanson and Justin Hawkins for the District 5 post on the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners will be held tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Forsyth County administration building in downtown Cumming.

“We’re not required to by law because there is no federal candidate on the ballot … because we usually do have a Saturday voting. We tried to help the voters out,” said Barbara Luth, supervisor of voter registrations and elections. “This gives those voters who work an opportunity to come on Saturday.”

Advance voting began on Tuesday, July 5 and will continue on weekdays until Friday, July 22. The voting time for weekdays is 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

On July 26, polls will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at five precincts in the district.

District 5 covers much of eastern Forsyth around Lake Lanier and has about 27,000 registered voters.

Voters who live in the district and did not vote on the Democratic ballot during the primary are eligible to vote in this election, which will decide the next commissioner for this seat as no Democratic candidates are running.

The winner of the runoff will replace Commissioner Jim Boff, who did not seek re-election for the seat he has held since 2009.

Semanson and Hawkins were the top two vote getters in the May 24 Republican general primary, though neither earned the required 50 percent of votes plus one vote to win outright.

Semanson, who previously worked in the technology industry, received the primary’s most votes with 1,654 — about 43 percent of the total.

Hawkins, a pharmaceutical sales representative, finished with 1,241 votes — about 33 percent.

The race’s third candidate, Chandon Adams, received 914 votes, about 24 percent, and did not qualify for the runoff, which only takes the two with the most votes.

The county administration building is located at 110 E. Main Street in Cumming.