Notice is hereby given that a special election shall be held on November 7, 2017 in the parts of Forsyth County that comprise Georgia House of Representatives District 26 to fill the seat for the unexpired term of Rep. Geoff Duncan. A runoff election, if needed, shall be held on December 5, 2017.
Qualifying for the special election shall be held in the Elections Division of the Office of Secretary of State, 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SE, 802 West Tower, Atlanta, Georgia 30334. The dates and hours of qualifying will be Wednesday, September 20, 2017 beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 5:00 p.m., Thursday, September 21, 2017 beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 5:00 p.m., and Friday, September 22, 2017 beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 1:00 p.m. The qualifying fee shall be $400.00.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 is the last day to register to vote for all persons who are not registered to vote and who desire to vote in the special election. Advance in-person absentee voting will begin on Monday, October 16, 2017.
The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office is releasing information related to the Highway 20 Safety Initiative which targeted aggressive driving and speeding on Cumming Highway between Canton and Forsyth County. The initiative which began on April 3rd and lasted one week, was a response to citizen complaints about dangerous conditions on that stretch of roadway.
During that week on Cumming Highway 329 traffic stops were conducted that resulted in 104 citations and 227 warnings issued to drivers. Drivers were cited for a variety of infractions including Following Too Closely, Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device and Speeding. An analysis of the speeds showed a 10 mile per hour average reduction in speed for that week. Three accidents were reported that week on Cumming Highway compared to 7 accidents the prior week.
Prior to the initiative the sheriff’s office heavily advertised its intentions in an attempt to gain voluntary compliance from drivers. The goal was to bring attention to the driving conditions on Cumming Highway. We will continue to monitor the conditions and address any problems in the future if needed.
The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office has received numerous citizen complaints about speeding and reckless driving on Cumming Highway between Canton and Forsyth County. A crash analysis performed this year by the sheriff’s office revealed there have been 36 crashes on Cumming Highway with 21 injuries.
The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office would like to inform citizens of a safety initiative that will begin Monday April 3rd. The goal of the initiative is to the reduce excessive speeds, lower accident numbers and assist in making Cumming Highway a safer route of travel for the motoring public.
Motorists traveling should expect to see more law enforcement presence on Cumming Highway and those ignoring the posted speed limited are risking getting pulled over and potentially cited. The sheriff’s office wanted to give motorists a forewarning prior to the initiative in hopes they will voluntarily comply with the posted speed limit.