City of Fremont Immigrant Housing Ordinance Referendum (February 2014)

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A City of Fremont Immigrant Housing Ordinance Referendum ballot question was on the February 11, 2014 election ballot for voters in the city of Fremont in Dodge County, Nebraska. It was defeated.

This measure gave Fremont voters a chance to repeal certain sections of an initiative ordinance enacted in 2010 that was designed to prevent illegal immigrants from qualifying for rental housing.[1]

One of the provisions that would have been repealed requires everyone renting housing in Fremont to pay $5 for an "occupancy" license, which would only be issued after local police confirm a would-be renter’s immigration status. The other section at risk imposes fines of $100 dollars on landlords who rent to illegal immigrants.[1]

Election results

Fremont Immigrant Housing Referendum
Defeatedd No3,85059.60%
Yes 2,610 40.40%
Results from Dodge County Clerk's office

Text of measure

Ballot question

The question on the ballot was:

"Shall the City of Fremont amend Ordinance No. 5165 which prohibits the harboring of illegal aliens or hiring of unauthorized aliens more specifically on the question of whether to repeal number two (harboring illegal aliens) including Subsection A; Number three (issuance of occupancy licenses) including Subsections A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K and L; Number four (occupancy provisions) including Subsections A, B, C, D, E and F; repeal conflicting provisions; establish an effective date for the ordinance; and, provide for publication in pamphlet form?"

YES A vote of YES shall mean the removing of: Number two including Subsection A; Number three including Subsections A, B, C, D, E, F, C, H, I, J, K and L; Number four including Subsections A, B, C, D, E, F of Ordinance No. 5165

NO A vote of NO shall mean there will be no changes to the original form of Ordinance No. 5165[2][3]

Voter registration

This measure had been highly contentious in the city of about 26,000 since it was introduced in 2008. It remained so on February 11, 2014, as the city elections office saw nearly 650 early voters for this election as of February 7, 2014, while a total of only 489 residents voted early in 2010. Moreover, 280 additional voters registered between the time the city council put this measure on the ballot and the registration deadline for today's election. Presumably, the referendum question on the immigrant housing ordinance played a large role in this spike in voter registration.[1]

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