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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

North Fulton heads to the polls

By Joan Durbin / Neighbor Newspapers

Last-minute politicking is sure to shift into high gear this week as the finish line for north Fulton city council and mayoral candidates is within sight.

Two city council seats in Alpharetta, three in Milton and four in Roswell are up for grabs in the Nov. 3 municipal elections. Also in Roswell, three candidates are vying for the mayoral post. Johns Creek elections are uncontested this year.

No one in the county elections office wanted to hazard a guess on the number of voters to exercise their ballot power this year.

“It is the responsibility of Fulton County’s Department of Registration and Elections to be well-prepared for each election regardless of turnout. We prepare for 100 percent voter turnout,’ said Barry Garner, director of the Department of Registration and Elections.

In 2005, turnout was 12.9 percent of registered voters in Alpharetta, or 2,595 of 20,185 eligible. In Roswell, 5,805 of 43,502 registered voters showed up, or 13.3 percent.

Four years later, as of Oct. 1, registered voters in Alpharetta now number 30,065 and 49,200 in Roswell. Milton has 17,325.

Advance voting continues through Friday. North Fulton residents may cast ballots in Sandy Springs at the North Service Center, 7741 Roswell Road, Room 209 from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Two precinct locations in north Fulton have been changed this year. Those who voted at NC02 at Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church on Old Alabama Rd. now must go to AP02 at Alpharetta Community Center on Roswell St.

Precinct RW13 at The Church of the Savior on Kimball Bridge Rd. has been merged with AP01A at New Prospect Elementary School, also on Kimball Bridge Rd.

Information: www.fultoncountyga.gov/county/elections/

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