CUMMING, Ga. — The Forsyth County Board of Registrations and Elections finalized discussions on polling locations at its June 4 regular meeting.

The areas of focus included precinct and polling locations for the next Election Day and its relation to the 2020 preliminary budget. Secretary Joel E. Natt suggested that the two issues be combined into a single discussion.

Nine potential polling locations were visited May 31 by Director Mandi Smith and Admin Specialist Marilyn Kirkbride. Operators at four of the sites responded positively to being potential candidates for polling. The four sites include Old Atlanta Park, Sawnee Mountain Preserve, Fowler Park, and the Atlanta Cricket Fields. 

At a budget meeting held May 23, the current service level requests for next year’s preliminary budget were reviewed and discussed by the Finance Committee. No significant changes were made, although Smith is set to continue working with the committee to study what may be needed to accommodate Election Day services.

The board also noted the increase in registered voters and its effect on the budget. In order to effectively support the estimated number of voters, an increased portion of the budget is to be devoted to part-time staff. The maximum number of voters for each precinct has yet to be determined, but Smith is assigned to calculate the amount that can be properly accommodated.

Natt recommended a meeting date of June 14 to finalize the list of polling sites.

The next regular meeting is scheduled for July 11 at 9 a.m.

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