Sense of responsibility sent voters to polls

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Despite predictions of low voter turnout, many local voters said they felt it was their responsibility to participate.

Judy Stokes of Andalusia said she did think about not voting Tuesday.

“But I got to thinking that I have a lot of respect for educators, and they, and the people of Planned Parenthood, wanted it,” Stokes said. “So, I felt like the people and children of Alabama needed it.”

Education was not directly affected by approval of the amendment, but many feared if the amendment failed, the state would use education funds to balance the General Fund budget.

June Smith, retired teacher, and her friend, Gwen Bonner, agreed with Stokes.

“When I was told about how few people would be voting, it got on my conscience, so I came,” Smith said.

Bonner said those in the education field influenced her vote.

Kim Lawrence said she was compelled to vote.

“I know my vote will make a difference,” she said. “That’s why I’m here.”