Unlike last week’s state primary where voters were few and far between, the polls in Fremont are likely to be busy next month.
On June 21st Fremont, the former home of Governor Dave Heineman (NE-R), holds a special election on a controversial ordinance. The proposed city law would prohibit employers from hiring people who are in the country illegally and stop landlords from renting to them.
The measure has a brief but embattled history in the town of 25,000.
But some residents then launched a successful petition drive taking it directly to the people.
The city went to court to stop the vote with the case going all the way to the Nebraska Supreme Court. The high court, which did not rule on the constitutionality of the issue, did allow the vote to go ahead.
Dodge County election officials tell Nebraska Watchdog that the City of Fremont has 15,130 voters and nearly half are registered Republicans.
Here’s the numbers: Republicans 7,205
Two other cities, Hazelton, Pennsylvania and Escondido, California passed similar bans. Both would up losing expensive legal fights. The same kind of legal fight many Fremont officials fought to avoid.
During the May 11th Primary only 23% of Dodge County voters voted.
Election watchers expect a far higher turnout in June.
The last day to register to vote in the election is June 4th, early voting begins June 7th.
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Reported by Joe Jordan, firstname.lastname@example.org