Senator Joni Albrecht Update For District 17

LINCOLN – Election Day was on par for every other major event in 2020. It looked much different than most election years, with numerous votes being sent through the mail. Nevertheless, America powered through it and showed up in droves for this election.

Nearly 75 percent of registered voters casted their ballots in Wayne County. Thurston County saw about 55 percent voter turnout. Just over 61 percent of voters participated from Dakota County. The Senator thanked these people for exercising their rights.

Albrecht made sure to thank the people of District 17 for re-electing her. She received north of 65 percent of the votes in all three counties.

Looking toward the start of the next legislative session, Albrecht expects familiar issues to be addressed. Public safety, law and order, and economic security were a few issues mentioned by the senator.

Protecting children, ethanol production, public safety, expanding rural broadband access, and tax relief are the areas where Albrecht will be fighting for improvement. Albrecht stated that she has written a bill that will penalize people for rioting. Additionally, the senator intends to re-introduce legislation creating transparency and access to government meetings.

Nebraska has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases, although companies are developing vaccines that hopefully will be made available to the public soon. Healthy habits, such as handwashing and staying home when feeling ill, are key to remember.

Governor Ricketts announced new Directed Health Measures (DHM). These take effect on Wednesday, November 11. Six-foot separation must be kept in businesses. Otherwise, wear a mask. Bars, restaurants, and places of worship must keep group sizes to eight people or less. Indoor venues are limited to 25 percent occupancy. Attendance at extra-curricular and sporting activities is limited to families and the media. Outdoor venues remain at 100 percent capacity, while still needing a plan with respective local health officials for events over 500 people or 1,000 people in Douglas County.

Here are the new COVID-19 case results for the week of October 31 through November 6. Dakota County had 105 new cases. Wayne County reported 103 new positives, while Thurston County had 83 new COVID cases.

Senator Joni Albrecht invited her constituents to share their thoughts with her by email at, or by calling her office at 402-471-2716.