Being registered to vote does not make you a voter. The act of casting your ballot makes you a voter. In Morro Bay, thanks to our 2006 voter empowerment initiatives, it takes a majority plus one of voters to elect a candidate to office. Such was not always the case. In the past, plurality-only candidates often won.
Jamie Irons, Noah Smukler, and Christine Johnson have received more than a majority of votes on the ballots cast. So hats off to them for their election. They will soon learn that governing for the benefit of all in Morro Bay is a heavy responsibility that is not as easy as they may have thought.
And to those citizens who are not so happy with the results, please remember that it is an active, engaged, voting citizenry that gets its way. The Morro Bay voter turnout was a full 12 percent higher than elsewhere in the county. But, at only 58 percent, it leaves us far short of where we should be.
For better or worse, we always get the government that we deserve. Abe Lincoln may have said it best: “Elections belong to the people. It is their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.” So, let’s keep an eye on our government every week, not just on election day.