Voters in Fremont reaffirmed their vote nearly four years ago, rejecting a ballot measure to overturn a portion of the strict immigration ordinance approved in 2010.
Unofficial election results released by Dodge County disclose voters were in no mood to change the law. Sixty percent of the voters voted against stripping the ordinance of its housing provisions. The unofficial tally was 3,850 voting against with just over 2,600 voting in favor. More than 40% of the voters turned out for the special election.
The ballot measure sought to overturn the portion of the law that prohibits landlords from renting to illegal immigrants.
After the city council failed to move on an immigration ordinance in 2008, a citizens’ petition landed the issue on the ballot two years later. It easily passed and almost immediately faced court challenges. A federal court recently upheld the ordinance.
Another provision of the ordinance would not have been affected by the special election. It requires businesses to use the federal E-Verify system to confirm the legal status of their workers.