Advance voting on Saturday, Oct. 29
• Early polling locations open 7 a.m.-7 p.m., except the Forsyth County administration building open 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
• Locations: Forsyth County administration building, Cumming City Hall, Hampton Park Library and Sharon Springs and Midway parks
Forsyth County residents having a tough time getting to the polls on weekdays will have a chance to cast their ballot this weekend.
On Saturday from 7 a.m.-7p.m., local polls for the Nov. 8 general election will be open for the only day of weekend advance voting. Barbara Luth, the county’s supervisor of voter registrations and elections, said being open on Saturday is required, but for which hours are not.
“Saturday voting is a law when there is a federal candidate on the ballot; it’s the second Saturday before the election,” she said. “So, by law we have to have Saturday voting. It does not have to be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m., actually the law states that it is 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., but because we like to accommodate our voters here in Forsyth County, we do.”
Advance voting began last week and saw more than 17,000 voters in its first Monday through Friday. Luth said the success has continued and that she expects about 80 percent of the county’s 138,833 active and inactive votes to ultimately cast a ballot.
“Advance voting is going very well,” she said. “We’ve had over 25,000 people vote in a week and a half.”
Advance voting is held at the Forsyth County administration building, Cumming City Hall, Hampton Park Library and the community buildings of Sharon Springs and Midway parks. All polls are open to all voters for advance voting.
For all locations except the administration building, voting hours are 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29 and the week of Oct. 31- Nov. 4. On Friday, Oct. 28 those polls will be open 8 a.m.-6 p.m., the same hours as the first and second week.
The administration building is open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for all days of advance voting.
“Normally, we only have the five sites open the last week, but this election, since we knew it was a big election, we kept all five sites open all three weeks,” Luth said. “We’ve got a lot of people calling to ask, and we always encourage them to do early voting.”
Luth also recommended that voters read their ballot before entering the voting booths.
“Questions are quite long, and if you wait until you get into the booth to read them, it’s going to take quite a long time,” she said. “We actually have had success passing out ballots ahead of time, and no one has waited more than 10, 15 minutes to vote.”