Gov. Dayton and Arne Carlson team up on voting amendment ‘Vote No’ ad

A new ad from a group opposing the voting amendment features Gov. Mark Dayton and former Gov. Arne Carlson, who urge Democrats, Republicans and Independents to vote no.

In a split-screen shot, Carlson is on the left and Dayton on the right.

The ad is from Our Vote Our Future, the lead group opposing the voting amendment.

Dayton is a DFLer and Carlson was the Republican governor from 1991 to 1999. Current state Republican leaders, though, say he’s not really a Republican anymore because he endorsed President Obama in 2008 and Tim Walz and Jim Graves in congressional races, as well as opposing both of the social conservatives’ constitutional amendments on this ballot.

The script:

Governor Carlson: This Voter Restriction Amendment is way too costly.

Governor Dayton: And it would keep thousands of seniors from voting.

Governor Carlson: It would also cost local communities tens of millions of dollars just to start.

Governor Dayton: And it will make it harder for active duty military to vote, too.

Governor Carlson: Also, we’d have to create an entirely new elections system.

 Governor Dayton: And it basically ends same-day registration.

 Governor Carlson: If you’re a Democrat, Republican or Independent, please Vote No.

This is not good for Minnesota.

 Governor Dayton: Send it back to the legislature and make them get it right. Please Vote No.

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Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Tom Anderson on 10/26/2012 - 11:19 pm.

    When the amendment passes

    It will be interesting to see if any of the things that they say will happen actually do, and if either will admit that they were wrong if (when) they don’t. Will SOMEONE just ask the Governor if he will approve the new law (for photo ID) if it doesn’t allow military IDs to be valid for voting? It is a yes or no question and voters deserve to know if there is any chance that the Governor would invalidate military IDs as valid voting tools

  2. Submitted by Connie Sullivan on 10/27/2012 - 12:00 pm.

    So many people who know legal issues well have spoken out strongly against this voter-suppression measure that it really takes either ideological blinders (refusing to acknowledge the real purpose of this unnecessary Constitutional amendment) or studied ignorance (refusing to see the complications of this proposed amendment) to challenge two MN ex-governors on their Vote NO position.

    There’s so much wrong with this proposed amendment–not that we actually are voting on its language; the Leg has yet to determine what it is we’re voting on!–that I am ashamed of the GOP legislators who simply did what ALEC told them on the issue.

  3. Submitted by Logan Foreman on 10/27/2012 - 11:02 pm.

    The biggest fraud in this election year

    Is the proposed “voter id” amendment

  4. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 10/28/2012 - 08:32 pm.

    I’m betting

    that the Dayton-Carlson ad actually helps the Vote Yes side.

  5. Submitted by Jim Roell on 10/29/2012 - 06:02 pm.

    The Carlson/Dayton TV Commercial

    The “Voter Restriction” amendment? RESTRICTION? Are we playing a Mark Ritchie with the wording here? It’s the Voter ID amendment Arnie so let’s try to keep things straight. By the way, I’m voting a strong YES!

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