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Voters head to polls
Sales tax referendum lone issue on ballot
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Forsyth County News


* For election results, check back at tonight.

Forsyth County voters will go to the polls today to decide the fate of a proposed extension of the 1-cent sales tax.

They can cast a "yes" or "no" on the referendum for the special purpose local option sales tax, known as SPLOST VII.

The tax is projected to bring in $200 million from June 2013-19.

The revenue would fund construction of a new courthouse, expanded detention center, road improvements and animal shelter, among other projects.

More than 2,740 voters cast ballots during the early and advance voting periods, which ended Friday.

Changes to advance voting hours and some polling locations went smoothly, said Barbara Luth, Forsyth’s elections supervisor.

"We’ve actually increased our numbers since March," she said, referring to a special election in which voters approved a 1-cent sales tax for education.

A special election typically draws a voter turnout between 2 and 5 percent, said Luth, adding that she hopes this one will land on the higher end of that range.

Polls hours today are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Voters will be asked to provide one of six forms of photo ID, including a driver’s license or U.S. passport.

For more information on the election, go online at

In addition, Luth said new precincts and polling locations will take effect for the first time today.

She recommended that voters unsure of their polling place check on the county’s Web site to verify if the precinct is one of 14 affected by the changes.

"If they should [go to] one of the other locations, we will have maps," she said.

"We will have people at some of the old locations, and we’ll have notices in all the old locations telling them exactly where to go."