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Voter rolls on the rise
Increase about 600 since August
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Forsyth County News

It was less than a month ago the August runoff election came to a close, but preparations for the next election on Nov. 6 have begun.

During its monthly meeting Monday, the Forsyth County Board of Voter Registrations and Elections talked about the next steps.

Absentee ballots will be sent out by Sept. 21, according to Elections Supervisor Barbara Luth.

“We have stacks and stacks of ballots to be mailed by next Friday,” she said after the meeting.

During her presentation to the board, Luth updated members on new voters that have registered since Aug. 21.

In total, more than 760 residents have signed up and more come in daily, Luth said.

Also during that span, 166 voters were deleted from the rolls for various reasons, including having left the county or state.

“Even though we are moving a lot of … voters out, we are moving a lot of voters in,” Luth said.

Another update Luth provided addressed a new early voting location for the November election.

In the past, the county administration building and elections office have been used solely for early voting.

But with as much as an 80 percent turnout anticipated, Luth said, one building wasn’t going to cut it.

“It’s been an overwhelming amount of people coming here,” she said. “There were probably 15,000 voters that voted early in the last presidential election.

“I think that they will come out again and it’s not something we’ll be able to run from our little office here.”

When early voting begins Oct. 15, it will be held in both the administration building and Cumming City Hall, Luth said.

Early voting will run through Oct. 26, plus Saturday voting will be held Oct. 27, at the two sites.

Advance voting follows from Oct. 29-Nov. 2 in both buildings, plus an additional three satellite locations — the Hampton Park Library, Sharon Springs Park Community Building and Midway Park Community Building.

The deadline to register to vote in the election is Oct. 8.

“We have five to 10 people registering a day now,” Luth said. “I’m sure we’ll have at least a 75 percent turnout, maybe even 80 percent.”