Votes in the 2018 general election will be counted on election day next Tuesday, Nov. 6, but many ballots have already been turned in.
As of Monday, Oct. 29, at 11 a.m., 699 of the 1,792 mail-only ballots (39 percent) and 66 of the 147 early voter ballots (45 percent) had been turned in at the Boone County Clerk’s office.
In-person voting will be Nov. 6 at the Casey building on the fairgrounds for only the North Manchester, Southeast Manchester and Southwest Manchester precincts.
Nebraskans will be electing a U.S. Senator and Third District Congressman, as well as a Governor/Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, State Auditor, Secretary of State and State Treasurer.
U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer, the Republican incumbent, is challenged by Democrat Jane Raybold and Libertarian Jim Schultz for the six-year U.S. Senate term. Fischer was first elected to the seat in 2012.
Congressman Adrian Smith, also a Republican incumbent, is challenged by Democrat Paul Theobold for the two-year term. Smith was first elected to his Third District seat in 2006 and has been re-elected five times.
Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts and Lt. Gov. Mike Foley are seeking a second four-year term as Nebraska’s top executives. Their challengers are Democrats Bob Krist for governor and Lynne M. Walz for lieutenant governor.
Nebraska will elect a new Secretary of State and a new State Treasurer this year.
Republican Bob Evnen and Democrat Spencer Danner are running for the Secretary of State position after current Secretary of State John Gale announced he would be retiring.
Republican John Murante will be running unopposed to the State Treasurer job currently held by Treasurer Don Stenberg, who is also stepping down.
In the race for Auditor of Public Accounts, Republican incumbent Charlie Janssen is challenged by Democrat Jane Skinner.
Republican Doug Peterson is running unopposed to retain his office of Nebraska Attorney General.
One Contested County Race
At the county level, the only contested race will be for District 3 County Commissioner. Incumbent Democrat Ken Luettel is challenged by Republican Larry Temme for the four-year term.
All other county races are uncontested. Ben Rutten of Cedar Rapids is running unopposed in the District 1 Commissioner race, and John V. Morgan of Fullerton is unopposed in the general election for County Attorney.
Read the complete story in the Oct. 31 Albion News & Petersburg Press, Print and E-Editions.