PALMER (AP) -- Members of the Matanuska Electric Cooperative voted overwhelmingly against a proposal to change the cooperative's bylaws to do away with competetive bidding.
The change in MEA's bylaws was supported by the local leaders of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
Members cast approximately 9,000 ballots Saturday -- the second highest number in the cooperative's 60-year history -- overwhelmingly in favor of keeping open bidding for MEA contracts. They voted 7,012 to 1,505 in favor of continuing open bidding.
MEA serves more than 38,000 customers in the Matanuska and Susitna valleys and the Chugiak-Eagle River area.
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