Early voting underway in special election for Fortenberry’s former seat | Politics

Early voting for the June 28 special 1st Congressional District election is underway.

The election will decide who will serve the remaining six months of what had been Rep. Jeff Fortenberry’s ninth term. Two state senators were chosen by their respective political parties: Democrat Patty Pansing Brooks and Republican Mike Flood.

They both will also square off in the Nov. 8 general election in a battle for a two-year term after winning the primary vote.

Nebraska’s 1st District includes Madison, Stanton, Cuming, Platte, Colfax, Dodge, Butler, Seward, Lancaster and Cass Counties, along with parts of Sarpy County (including La Vista and the bulk of Papillion) and northeastern Polk County.

Early voting started Tuesday. Lancaster County Election Commissioner David Shively reminded residents that state law permits any registered voter to vote an early/absentee ballot, but they must request that ballot in writing.

An early/absentee ballot request form is available through the Nebraska Secretary of State website at sos.nebraska.gov/elections/2022-elections (click on “2022 Special Election—U.S. Congressional District 1”). June 17 is the last day for voters to return an early/absentee ballot application to their county election office.

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