Official results of the Nov. 3 South-Western school board candidate race between Cathy Johnson and Ed Palmer are so close they qualify for an automatic recount.

Official results of the Nov. 3 South-Western school board candidate race between Cathy Johnson and Ed Palmer are so close they qualify for an automatic recount.

Recounts are required for candidates who are separated by a half percentage point or less under Ohio elections law.

The Franklin County Board of Elections said the recount's results will be announced Dec. 7.

According to the official results from the general election, Johnson - the current school board president who so far has received the third highest amount of votes and was considered re-elected - received 11,754 votes, or 14.84 percent.

Palmer received 11,641 votes, which is 14.7 percent.

According to a press release from the board of elections Nov. 24, the recount will cover only the disputed portion of the school board race.

Ohio School Boards Association board members on Nov. 9 elected Johnson as the association's 2010 president-elect.

The association's rules require that Johnson must be elected to a local school board to take the OSBA post.