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Election officials report big turnout for advance voting
Voters line up for Saturday voting at the Sharon Springs precinct location. Pollworkers said they had voters waiting for them to open when they arrived well before 8 a.m. The line had remained steady all day long. Voters said it was about a 25 minute wait. - photo by Jim Dean

Officials said they have been pleased with the advance voting turnout at the new Forsyth County Voter Registration and Elections Office but numbers are looking even better after opening three new advance voting precincts this week.

Last Saturday, and continuing this week, advance voting also opened at Hampton Park Library and Midway and Sharon Springs parks for the third and final week of advance voting. 

After bringing in a total of 15,764 in the first 11 days of advance voting, which was held only at the voting office, 11,455 of the county’s approximately 150,000 registered voters cast ballots at the four precincts on Saturday and Monday. 

“We keep thinking it’s going to go down at our location, but yesterday we had 5,499 voters,” said Barbara Luth, elections director for Forsyth County. “So, we’re just going gangbusters. We’ve already done 27,219 that have voted early. That’s a record.”

Luth said the previous record for advance voting in a year without a presidential race was 22,345 in 2014.

For the final week of advance voting, polls will be open at the new Forsyth County Voter Registration and Elections Office at 1201 Sawnee Drive weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Early voting is also available at the other locations today and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 2; and from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 1.

Early voting will conclude Friday and will not be open on Nov. 5, the day before the Nov. 6 election.

On Saturday, voters experienced some lines, particularly at Sharon Springs, where 3,898 voted in the first two days it was open.

“We like it because we have to put the election on anyway, so we like people to come out and make it worth their while,” Luth said. 

Recently, Luth said the majority of residents only take about five to 10 minutes and haven’t had wait times of more than about 20 minutes. She said lines typically only happen around lunchtime.