Gov. Pete Ricketts is urging all Nebraskans to take part in Election Day 2018. Governor Ricketts cast his ballot when the polls opened at 8 a.m. at the 1st Christian Church at 66th and Dodge Street in Omaha. It is going to be a very busy day for the Republican incumbent.
Indicators show it will be a record turnout for a midterm election. Governor Ricketts says, “I encourage everybody turn out and vote. We’ve been working hard to encourage people to turn out and vote Republican.”
Nebraska voters have much to consider as they cast that ballot today. One item is the Medicaid Expansion Initiative. A yes vote would require the state to provide Medicaid for those under the age of 65 if their income allows. A no vote opposes Medicaid expansion. Governor Ricketts was asked what the plan of action would be if the measure passes. He says, “We will have to make it fit into the budget. That means there will be less money for K-12 education, higher education, property tax relief. We’ll have to fit it in with all the other priorities we have in our budget.”
The Nebraska Republican Party’s 2018 Victory Party will be held at the Omaha Regency Marriott this evening. Ricketts will be joined by Lt. Governor Mike Foley and Congressman Don Bacon. Polls remain open until 8 p.m. CST, 7 p.m. MST.