Citizens oppose dam removal in advisory vote

An advisory vote on whether the four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River should be removed came in with 72 percent opposed to the removal and 27 percent in favor in early returns.

That translates to 18,838 opposed and 7,051 in favor in the initial 25,889 votes released from the Klamath County Clerk’s office.

“That’s just about where I thought it would come in,” said Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams, who pushed to put the advisory vote on the ballot. The vote has no weight of law, but was put on the ballot to give citizens a voice, Mallams said.

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