Though November and the 2020 general election are still a few months away, a few significant dates for this year’s election cycle are approaching.
Here are some upcoming dates Forsyth County voters should know about.
Voter registration for the Presidential Preference Primary
What: Those who have not registered to vote for the March 24 Presidential Preference Primary – where parties will select their presidential candidates – still have time to sign up online, at the Forsyth County Voter Registrations and Elections Office or at Forsyth County libraries.
When: Through Monday, Feb. 24
Where: Voters with a valid driver’s license or ID card provided by the Georgia Department of Driver Services can register to vote in-person 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mondays-Fridays at the Forsyth County Voter Registrations and Elections Office at 1201 Sawnee Drive. Voters can also register at the Forsyth County Public Library locations.
More info: Voters can register, change or check information online and print voting applications to be mailed in at registertovote.sos.ga.gov/GAOLVR/welcome.do#no-back-button.
Demonstration of new voting machines
What: The state of Georgia recently authorized the first update to state elections equipment since 2002, and Forsyth County received more than 500 of the new machines, which unlike the previous system will include a printed receipt after votes are cast. Local elections officials are holding an open house to show voters the new system.
When: Monday, Feb. 24, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Forsyth County Voter Registrations and Elections Office, 1201 Sawnee Drive.
Voting and Advance voting for the Presidential Preference Primary
What: Advance voting for the presidential preference primary will be held for three weeks ahead of the March 24 election day. For the first two weeks, voting will only be held at Forsyth County Voter Registrations and Elections Office, before also opening at four other locations for Saturday, March 14 and the final week of advance voting.
On election day, voters must vote at their regular voting precinct, and it should be noted that five new election day polling places have been added for this election, impacting about 50,000 local voters.
When: Advance voting on weekdays Monday, March 2 through Thursday, March 19, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, March 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, March 20, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Advance voting will be held Forsyth County Voter Registrations and Elections Office, 1201 Sawnee Drive, all days.
Starting on Saturday, March 14, four other locations – Hampton Park Library, 5345 Settingdown Road; Sharon Springs Park Community Building, 1950 Sharon Road; Midway Park Community Building, 5100 Post Road; and Parks and Recreation Natural Resources Operations Center, 1605 Canton Highway – will be open. Election day voting will be at regular precincts.