A two-county recount will likely decide who moves onto next month's general election in an Omaha school board race.
In Subdistrict 8, William Forsee and Meg Cordes were within a vote of each other for the key second-place spot after the Douglas County Election Commission released final unofficial results Friday.
Forsee, a retired teacher, had 292 votes. Cordes, an associate nurse manager at the Nebraska Medical Center, had 291 votes.
A recount occurs if the difference is 1 percent or less of the top vote-getter's tally.
Lacey Merica, a claims adjuster, finished first in Tuesday's primary with 335 votes. The top two vote-getters advance to the May 14 general election.
Cordes could waive the recount, but she plans to let the process continue. “I'll be completely comfortable with however it turns out,” she said. “One vote. Can you believe that?”
Subdistrict 8 includes parts of South Omaha and Bellevue.
Forsee and Cordes were tied when the counting stopped on election night. But on Friday, Douglas County updated the numbers to include provisional and additional early ballots.
The Sarpy County Election Commission had all of its ballots counted Tuesday. Results will be certified April 12.
The recount is scheduled for 9 a.m. April 15, said Valerie Stoj, spokeswoman for the Douglas County Election Commission. That office and the Sarpy County Election Commission would simultaneously recount the ballots.
Cordes said she has learned two things through this process: “It's important to know who you're voting for,” she said, “and secondly, every vote does count.”
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