With just over a year to the presidential election, Mandi Smith, director of the Forsyth County Voter Registrations and Elections Office, told a gathering of Cumming Vietnam veterans that 2020 will see an additional early voting location.
With around 50% of voters casting their ballots in early voting, Smith said the elections board voted at their Tuesday meeting to add the Hwy. 20 operations center to the current early voting locations.
During her presentation to the regular monthly meeting of Chapter 1030 of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Smith also said the board voted to add four new polling places to accommodate the county’s growth. The Fowler Precinct will vote at Fowler Park, the Sawnee Precinct will vote at the Highway 20 Operations Center, the new Johns Creek District will vote at Johns Creek Baptist Church and the Nichols Precinct will vote at Old Atlanta Park.
According to Smith, the number of registered voters in the county has more than doubled from 2005 when only 76,000 were registered. As of early this week, 163,283 voters are on the rolls.
Smith said her staff has already begun preparing for the 2020 elections.
“New registration cards and precinct cards will go out to every voter affected by any of the changes,” Smith said.
Smith said the cards will start going out in December.
Cumming Chapter 1030 of the Vietnam Veterans of America meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at AA Driving Academy, 432 Canton Highway, Cumming, GA 30040. All Vietnam-era veterans are welcome to attend.