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Qualifying opens for May 24 primary in Forsyth

FORSYTH COUNTY — Qualifying for the May 24 General Primary, which features several local and state offices, is scheduled this week.

Forsyth County residents interested in running can register at the county administration building from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. For the rest of the week, registration is set for 8 a.m.-4 p.m. except Friday, when it will end at noon.

Barbara Luth, the county’s supervisor of voter registrations and elections, said the requirements for those wishing to qualify and the cost to sign up depends on the office.

Among the positions on the ballot are sheriff, judges, county commission seats for Districts 2, 4 and 5 and board of education posts for Districts 3, 4 and 5. State lawmakers also are up for re-election this year

“They need to bring their check,” she said. “… We have certain offices that actually have to have special affidavits with them. But most of the time it would just be they would come to the [political] party and bring their declaration of candidacy.”

According to Luth, one such special requirement was that sheriff hopefuls must have their fingerprints taken.

The county will also introduce a change to expedite the process.

“We actually have a new program going on with the secretary of state, so our office will be able to input the information from the candidate and we can actually print their form out,” Luth said.

Once registrations are complete, the county will begin working toward the primary. Advance voting will take place for three weeks prior to that election, beginning May 2.

“What happens next is we actually send all of the forms of all the candidates to [Kennesaw State University] and they actually build the ballot for us,” Luth said. “Once the ballot is built, it comes back to us and we start voting.”

Those qualifying for state offices will need to qualify in Atlanta. More information can be found online at

For local elections, go to