“I screamed, I actually screamed,” she said. “It made me feel good. The law is the law, and it doesn’t matter who you are.”
Not all of her neighbors were happy with the ruling.
“I haven’t heard any good things about being in South Fulton,” said Sharon Blandburg, who said she’d always considered herself an Atlantan.
It’s unclear what the ruling means in terms of voting in the upcoming elections. Richard Barron, the director of elections and registration for Fulton County, said his staff plans to meet with attorneys Monday to determine if people who are currently registered in Atlanta will be placed in South Fulton instead.
Johnson said the fight has been difficult, but she’s hoping the neighborhood can put the annexation rift in its rear view mirror.
“I just want my community to heal,” she said. “We’ve been so fractured over here.”
Atlanta still has the opportunity to appeal the ruling. A spokesperson for the city did not respond to requests for comment about the case.