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Morro Bay is disenfranchising voters

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Last week's New Times article, "Morro Bay approves $67 million sewer contract—while a legal challenge looms," stated that Save Morro Bay was formed to oppose the wastewater project. It was formed have a cost-effective project and have a fair Proposition 218 process, which the city refuses to do.

Imagine more than 1,000 protest votes being thrown out by the city, which added extra voting requirements not required by state law to "win" the vote. That's what the city is trying to pull off but, thankfully, the public is very aware of voter suppression and won't take it. Count the votes. It's the democratic thing to do—letting at least half the community, if not more, have their votes counted and voices heard in one of the most consequential votes in the history of Morro Bay. Every one of those 1,000 uncounted voters went through the trouble of filling out a written ballot because they intended and expected that their votes would count.

Save Morro Bay's attorney started reviewing the protests the day before the city quickly signed the contract to build the plant—doing so, knowing that the vote was in question and the contract could be canceled within months by a new council. With only two weeks before the election and before purchasing the property for the plant, the city moved forward, knowing this was a significant legal issue.

Morro Bay cannot possibly move forward until all the votes are counted.

Pam Ochs

co-founder

Save Morro Bay

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