Miller is trailing his Republican opponent by 34 votes based on Nov. 6 results.
FAIRFIELD — State Rep. Phil Miller has requested a recount of the vote tally recorded on Election Day that showed him with 34 votes less than his Republican challenger.
Results from Election Day Nov. 6 show Republican Jeff Shipley of Fairfield with 6,111 votes compared to Miller's 6,077.
A press release issued Monday by the secretary of state's office said Miller requested a recount in Jefferson and Van Buren counties.
Miller won the more populous Jefferson County, which includes Fairfield, with 3,925 votes compared to Shipley's 2,336. But Shipley succeeded in Van Buren County with 1,777 votes compared to Miller's 1,081. House District 82 also includes Davis County, where Shipley won with 1,998 votes and Miller had 1,071.
Close elections do not automatically trigger a recount in Iowa as they do in other states, but candidates have the ability to request them.
Kevin Hall, communications director at the secretary of state's office, said a time and location for the recounts had not been determined.
Miller, a Democrat from Fairfield, took office in August 2017 as part of a special election to fill a vacancy in the Iowa Legislature. Miller's predecessor, Democratic Rep. Curt Hanson of Fairfield, died in June 2017.
Miller defeated Republican Travis Harris of Moulton with 4,062 votes compared to Harris' 3,356.
According to Hall, recounts will be conducted in each requested county by a three-member board consisting of a person chosen by the candidate requesting the recount, a designee of the apparent winning candidate and someone chosen jointly by the other two board members. The board can decide whether the ballots will be counted by hand or by voting equipment. Recounts are open to the public.
A recount also was requested in House District 55, where Republican Michael Bergan leads Democrat Kayla Koether by seven votes.