The Chairman of the Iowa Republican Party says Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack isn’t telling the whole story about the vote in Florida. Vilsack, a Democrat, says he agrees with Al Gore that some 12-thousand votes weren’t counted in South Florida. Republican Chairman Kayne Robinson says those votes in Florida were counted by machine and kicked out due to overvotes or undervotes. He says that’s exactly what happens in Iowa, so he says if the ballots in Florida weren’t counted, then the votes in Iowa weren’t counted.Robinson says there were around 13-thousand of the same type of ballots in Iowa that were not figured into the election day totals. He says that number isn’t unusual as he says the last presidential election had twice as many of the same type of ballots. Governor Vilsack is in Florida today at the request of the National Democratic Party. Robinson says Vilsack fails to recognize the undervotes in his home state and should do so to tell the truth.Robinson says he has no problem with Vilsack’s trip in general.He says trying to recount the votes in Dade County Florida by hand increases the chance for error or fraud.Robinson says he sees no major problems in Iowa’s system that need to be changed, despite the number of undervotes or overvotes.Governor Vilsack spoke with Iowa reporters this afternoon on a telephone conference call. Vilsack says you can’t compare Iowa’s situation to Florida’s.He says Iowa has a different type of ballot and officials are more certain of the content of the ballots in Iowa. Vilsack says Republicans had a chance to call for a recount in Iowa, but didn’t ask for one.Vilsack says the Democratic National Committee has paid for his trip to Florida. He feels it’s important to answer the national party’s request to keep Iowa in good standing when it comes to the Iowa Caucuses “first-in-the-nation” status.Former Republican Governor Terry Branstad has reportedly said he would not have gone to Florida so close to the start of the Iowa legislative session. Vilsack says he’s not missing any important work and would put his work schedule up against any past or future administration.Vilsack says it’s important for politicians to be in Florida to push for a fair and accurate count of the votes.
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