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Fight against annexation continues

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Dozens of Sandtown residents showed up at the Fulton County Government Center hoping to put an end to Atlanta's annexation of areas in South Fulton County.

"We are concerned about our children," said one parent.

As CBS46 reported on Monday, 1,800 students could be displaced if the annexation of Sandtown goes through. South Oak and Loch Lomond would also become part of Atlanta.

On Wednesday, those petitions were in the hands of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners for a vote. With two commissioners voting "yes," one voting "no," and one abstention, no action will come from the board, which is a move that won't affect the students of Sandtown.

"I feel sorry the people have been mislead to think that the county commission has the right to deny this petition," said Fulton County board member Marvin Arrigton, Jr. "The law is very clear, the right is with the municipal corporation."

The fight is not over.

Arrigton also said there are at least two ways to stop the annexation, which include filing a lawsuit or challenging the signatures Atlanta used for the petition. Sandtown residents believe those signatures are invalid.

"[The signatures for the petitions] had addresses that do not match tax records, voter signatures that can not be located in the voter rolls and maybe most disturbing, listing of deceased individuals without court authorization," said a member of the South Fulton community.

Residents in Sandtown are already planning to file an injunction against the signatures on the petitions. In the meantime, Atlanta must also hold a public hearing regarding the annexation.

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