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Still time to vote before Nov. 6
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Forsyth County News

If you go

The following locations will be open for advance voting from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

• Cumming City Hall, 100 Main St.

• Forsyth County Administration Building, 110 E. Main St.

• Hampton Park Library, 5345 Settingdown Road

• Midway Park Community Building, 5100 Post Road

• Sharon Springs Park Community Building, 1950 Sharon Road

If early voting is any indication, this is going to be a busy week for the Forsyth County Office of Voter Registrations and Elections as they hold advanced voting opportunities in five locations.

“We’re at at least a 10 percent turnout right now,” said Elections Supervisor Barbara Luth. “It wouldn’t surprise me if we got another 25 percent come in next week.

“In 2008, we did over a 50 percent turnout for advance voting.”

For the past two weeks, the Forsyth County Administration Building and Cumming City Hall have been home to early voting, drawing in hundreds of voters a day at each location. In total, 15,984 people voted early.

In comparison, 14,604 people voted by this time during the 2008 election, when early voting was a week longer.

Luth said of the 3,365 ballots mailed to voters, 2,096 had been returned as of Friday.

This election is the first time Cumming City Hall was used as an early voting location, Luth said. At first “there was a little bit of confusion with opening the city and the administration building … but we posted signs on our door,” she said.

“It was more convenient [to have both],” she added.

Advance voting will take place this week at Sharon Springs Park Community Building, Midway Park Community Building and the Hampton Park library, in addition to the county administration building and city hall.

Luth said each location will have between 10 and 15 poll workers and between eight and 16 machines, depending on previous turnout numbers.

“We are ready,” she said.