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Voter registration deadline nears
Residents have until June 16 to sign up for July primary
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Forsyth County News

Voters have less than two weeks to register for July 15 the primary election.
The deadline to register is June 16, though Forsyth County Voter Registrar Gary J. Smith said the earlier people sign up, the better.
"It takes between three and four weeks to get a voter registration card from the secretary of state," Smith said.
"The state sends out your voter registration card so you know exactly where you're voting, rather than having to call our office and find out."
Despite the multi-candidate local races, Smith said this election season has been unusually slow.
"I'm surprised," he said. "There doesn't seem to be as much interest as I anticipated. I'm sure as we get closer to it, maybe something more will happen. I've talked to some candidates and even they are surprised."
Smith said he doesn't anticipate any records will be broken during the July primary.
In the Feb. 5 presidential preference primary, Forsyth County voters supported Republican Mitt Romney and Democrat Hillary Clinton, both of whom have since bowed out.
Still, Smith said he expects the presidential election to be a record breaker.
"I don't care who is on the ballot ... I think we'll hit a record turnout," he said. "I don't want to be too anxious, but 90 percent is what I'm thinking."
In the meantime, the July primary will feature three races on both the county commission and school board, as well as other elected posts, including clerk of court and sheriff.
With Democrats competing in only two contests, the winner of the majority of the positions will be decided in July, unless an independent candidate chooses to enter the race later this month.
To register, visit the county voter registrar's office or either of the county libraries for an application, which can be filled out on site.
Applications can also be downloaded online from the Voter Registration and Elections Department section of the county's Web site. Applications can also be sent directly to the secretary of state's office.