Given some of the factors, local officials are happy with numbers for the first week of advance voting.
Last week, a total of 618 residents voted early for the Democratic and Republican primaries, nonpartisan general election and special elections ahead of the May 22 primary.
Barbara Luth, Forsyth County’s supervisor of voter registrations and election, said the numbers were good given that the department had recently moved to a new office at 1201 Sawnee Drive.
“I think it’s very good because we’re in a new location, so people are finding us,” she said. “Trust me, once you get here, you do find us because we are overrun with campaign signs … I think that’s a very [good] number of a new location and having a nonpresidential primary.”
“I think some of what has stemmed some of the voters coming is the Sharon Springs issue,” she added.
Of those who cast a ballot last week, 519 voted in the Republican primary, 81 in the Democratic primary and 18 voted in the nonpartisan ballot.
The first two weeks of advance voting will only be held at the Forsyth County Voter Registration and Elections office from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Hours will remain the same for the final week of voting, May 14-18.
No advance voting will be held at Cumming City Hall or the Forsyth County Administration Building as was the case in previous elections.
On Saturday, the only weekend day of advance voting, polls will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the elections office at Hampton Park Library, the Midway Park community building and the Sharon Springs Park community building.
For those three sites, hours for the final week of advance voting will depend on the day.
Polls will be open that week 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.
In the primaries, voters will be able to decide their party’s candidates for seats at the county, state and federal levels for the Nov. 6 election. Voters in the Democratic primary will also answer six questions from the local party.
All voters will also vote on a $295,000,000 Forsyth County Board of Education bond issue.
Voters living in the area of the proposed city of Sharon Springs will also vote on whether or not to add the new municipality in the primary.