Posted November 8, 2016 02:42 pm - Updated November 8, 2016 02:44 pm

BLOG: Amendment 1 motivating some Athens voters

Laura DeBacker brought her daughter with her to vote at the fire station in Five Points in Athens, Ga. on Tuesday. Hilary Butschek/Staff

Several voters said they felt strongly about an amendment to the state constitution.

At the Multi-Modal Transportation Center Tuesday morning, Cathy Micali, a graduate student at the University of Georgia, said she was concerned about Amendment 1 to Georgia’s Constitution, which would allow state-appointed officials to take over “chronically failing” schools.

“My mom is a teacher, so that issue was really close to my heart,” Micali said.

She voted no on the amendment proposal, along with former teacher Laura DeBacker at the Five Points Fire Station polling location.

“I almost didn’t vote today, but that was the reason I had to come out. I support local control of our schools,” DeBacker said.

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