Voting begins in Sandy Springs

The AJC offers this look.

The historic vote on whether Sandy Springs will become a city has begun.

In a referendum that neighborhood activists have been seeking for 35 years, voters in the north Fulton County suburb are deciding whether to create a city government to serve its 85,000 residents.

As the polls opened at 7 a.m. at Highpoint Elementary School on Greenland Road, a sporadic rain fell. Four of the community’s 49,223 registered voters entered the building to vote. The school is one of three polling locations open until 7 p.m.

“Some people have been preparing for this for 30 years,” said 83-year-old Bob Stehlin, a poll watcher who has lived in Sandy Springs for eight years. Stehlin said he took ad