It isn’t surprising that the two ultra conservative members of the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors, Debbie Arnold and Lynn Compton, voted against putting a measure on the ballot to increase the sales tax to be used for traffic projects in our area. What could be more democratic than to have the citizens of this county vote on this proposal, even with the requirement that it takes a two-thirds majority to approve it?
Apparently, when they don’t approve of a board proposal, they don’t want the voters of this county to have a say.
This anti-democratic tendency by ultra conservative Republicans in this country has a firm footing in the Republican-dominated states where they have enacted unnecessary voter ID laws based on the unsupportable and unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud. Fortunately, federal courts have ruled that many of these laws are invalid and illegal, and that the sole purpose of these laws is to place an undue burden on economically disadvantaged citizen who want to vote but are unfairly challenged by such requirements.
Christopher Clark, Arroyo Grande
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