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Voter turnout for primary in Forsyth County was nearly 47 percent

FORSYTH COUNTY — Likely due to a presidential primary without an incumbent candidate, voting turnout in Forsyth County is up this year, election officials said.

According to figures from the March 1 primary, nearly 47 percent of the county’s registered voters cast ballots. That amounted to 49,242 of the 105,206 registered.

The turnout is an increase from 2012, when 31,463 of the county’s then 98,819 registered voters, or about 32 percent, took part.

The numbers were reviewed at a recent meeting of the Forsyth County Board of Registrations and Elections.

“We had a very successful election,” said Barbara Luth, elections supervisor. “We had 993 [ballots] that were mailed out, and 816 that were received back.

“We had 37 [overseas] electronic ballots that were sent out and had 29 that we received back. We had 13,471 people vote advance in person and 34,819 [on election day].”

Of the 211 provisional ballots issued, Luth said 107 counted. The ballots not accepted were from those who weren’t eligible to vote in the primary.

The meeting was also the first for new board member Carla Radzikinas.

Radzikinas was appointed by the county commission last month to fulfill the unexpired term of former Republican representative Ralph Davis, who stepped down due to health issues.