Governor Arne Carlson: When Did We Hand Over the Keys to Voting to Kiffmeyer? By Allison Herrera | April 25, 2012 LikeTweet EmailPrint More More on Issues Subscribe to Issues Click on Image to View Video Click on photo to View Video interview with Arne Carlson Minnesota’s 37th Governor had some harsh words for supporters of the Voter Photo ID Amendment during Capitol Conversations with Marty Owings. “We’re the party of Lincoln, we’re the party of Eisenhower. We welcome people in,” said Carlson during an interview after the show. He wonders, “When did we hand over the keys to voting to (Voter Photo ID amendment author Representative Mary) Kiffmeyer?” Those weren’t the only reprimands for his Republican colleagues heading up the Minnesota Legislature, ” This is essentially a poll tax. It’s a direct assault on Democracy,” he added. During Capitol Conversations, Carlson also called out the current GOP for what he says is their lack of leadership and their failure to pass a bonding bill. See the whole video here Carlson is no stranger sharp criticisms of his own party and the DFL and his words here prove it. Carlson makes the case that voter photo ID would essentially reduce the voting block of the opposition-the DFL-and will lead to retribution years down the road on the part of the DFL. “This is a stain on Minnesota. We should be working to include people. Not leave them out,” says Carlson. He has vowed to campaign against this amendment, hoping to convince the American public it’s the wrong direction to take. Support this story and all the stories from The Uptake. Donate.