The Republican primary between incumbent Jerry Vap and Mary Ridder in Public Service Commission District 5 ended with Ridder having 36 votes more than Vap.
That small difference qualified the race for a recount, but Secretary of State John Gale says the outcome probably won’t change, citing a vote counting machine error rate of roughly 0.0001%.
“Because of the quality of our electronic, voter tabulation equipment, we really have very little deviation in our recounts,” Gale tells Nebraska Radio Network. “It’s still very important to go through that exercise, just in case there might have been some electronic error.”
That recount is Wednesday and the Board of Canvassers will meet again Monday to certify the results.
The Board also took up the issue of the University of Nebraska Board of Regents District 6, which was left off the Webster County ballot.
Paul Kenney was the top vote-getter by more than ten thousand votes, but the difference between second and third was fewer than 200 votes.
A recount was possible and the Board considered putting all three candidates on the General Election ballot.
In the end, it was decided Kenney would face Marsha Fangmeyer in November, since she finished second ahead of Mary George.
“(George) was maybe averaging 25% across the district,” Gale says. “She would have had to won 48% of the vote in Webster County in order to have overcome that 168 vote difference. So, the probability was very, very slim.”
Gale says George also waived the right to a recount.