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New election building should be done this month

Elections for Forsyth County and the city of Cumming will soon have a new home, but the move-in date remains to be seen.

At a short meeting on Tuesday morning, Elections Supervisor Mandi Smith updated members of the Forsyth County Board of Voter Registrations and Elections on the department’s new building on Tribble Gap Road, which is nearing completion. 

“They’re suggesting that it is going to be substantially complete by the end of October,” Smith said. “Obviously, everything is contingent upon us completing the November election - if there happens to be a run off - before we move in. So, there’s no date set for when we are actually going to move in.”

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.

Forsyth County commissioners approved the building earlier this year, and construction will be handled for $3.1 million by CBI General Contractor.

Members of the board went to tour the building following the meeting. 

 The county department holds elections for Forsyth County and city of Cumming elections.

Advance voting for three Cumming elections and the special election to fill the seat of former District 26 state Rep. Geoff Duncan begins Oct. 16 and will be held on weekdays for three weeks. 

The elections are on Nov. 7 and a possible runoff for the District 26 seat will be held on Dec. 5 if no candidate receives 50 percent of the vote plus one vote. 

Voters must register to vote for the races by Tuesday, Oct. 10 

During the meeting, numbers were given for registered voters. As of Oct. 2, 129,356 voters were registered with the department, up from 128,441 on Sept. 1 and 122,123 on Dec. 30, 2016.