Election Day has ended, but the vote counting may not be over.
Two Omaha-area elections could see automatic recounts because the vote tallies are so close.
They are elections for the Omaha Public Power District board and Millard school board.
Automatic recounts are triggered when the difference between candidates is 1 percent or less of the candidate with the higher vote total.
In the OPPD contest, attorney Tom Barrett led board President N.P. “Sandy” Dodge by 82 votes in complete but unofficial returns released Thursday.
Dodge's fellow incumbent, Mike Cavanaugh, won re-election easily in the district, which covers eastern Douglas County.
In the Millard school board election, Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom member Paul Meyer led incumbent Todd Clarke by 54 votes. That district covers part of western Douglas and Sarpy Counties. Linda Poole and Mike Pate were easily re-elected to the board.
Douglas County vote totals will become official next week, when the canvassing board meets to compare the number of ballots requested to the number cast.
If the vote totals remain unchanged, Election Commissioner Dave Phipps will contact the candidates to see if they want to waive their right to a recount.
If not, Phipps said, recounts will be conducted the first week of December.
The final Douglas County returns also showed that Jennifer Kirshenbaum won her race for the Omaha school board in Subdistrict 12. She defeated Pat Bourne, a former state senator, by 130 votes, according to unofficial returns.
The final Douglas County vote totals included about 4,000 provisional and early votes that were not tallied until Thursday.
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