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Forsyth County News

Poll hours

The polls will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday for the General Election Runoff. For a list of voter precincts or for more information, go online

If early and advance voting were any indication, an overwhelming majority of Forsyth County voters will have no say in who will be the next judges on the the Georgia Supreme Court justice and Court of Appeals.

“By the time election day is over, we’ll have less than 1 percent [voter turnout],” said Forsyth County Elections Supervisor Barbara Luth. “That’s sad.”

Early voting for the runoff began Nov. 16 and ended Nov. 24.

In the Nov. 2 General Election, incumbent Supreme Court Justice David Nahmias received 48.2 percent of the vote, just shy of the 50 percent plus one needed to win outright.

He will face Tammy Lynn Adkins, who drew about 35.2 percent of the vote.

In the other runoff contest, Antoinette “Toni” Davis and Chris McFadden vie to succeed Edward H. Johnson on the appeals court.

Davis received 25.5 percent and McFadden got 22.6 of the vote, topping a field of four other candidates earlier this month.

Registered voters “really don’t know what’s going on and it shows, especially in our numbers,” Luth said.

“I think with the holidays and people not really knowing what they’re voting for and what’s out there, we’re just going to do skeleton crews [at the polls],” she said.

Given early turnout, Luth said most precincts Tuesday will have three poll workers, the required minimum. Still, the runoff still could cost at least $10,000.

“We’d really love to have some more people out there Tuesday,” she said.