In the next election cycle of 2016 and beyond, Morro Bay voters will only have one election per year to ponder, instead of two, for City Council and mayoral candidates.
With all precincts reporting, voters supported Measure J with 76.4 percent voting “yes” in favor of a single general election process, and 23.6 percent voting “no” backing a dual-election cycle with a June primary and November general election.
The system had required candidates to win a majority vote in the primary election, while the top two vote getters for each available seat faced a runoff in the general election. Voters approved that system through a citizens’ initiative in 2006.
If the city returns to the method in place before 2006, as early returns showed, the candidates who win the most votes in November will be elected regardless of the winning percentage.