Jay Ashcroft
Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft (file photo at 939 the Eagle studios)

Ashcroft focusing on voter ID in Missouri’s 2022 session

Jay Ashcroft
Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft (file photo at 939 the Eagle studios)

Missouri’s secretary of state is frustrated that voter ID legislation died this year in the GOP-controlled Missouri Senate.

Legislation requiring a photo ID was approved by the House in March by a 109-48 vote. The bill never came up for a Senate vote.

GOP Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft spoke on “Wake Up Columbia.”

“Most people that follow the Capitol and bills say that good bills go to the Senate to die. Unfortunately, it just got wrapped up in other issues,” Secretary Ashcroft says.

Ashcroft predicts voter ID will secure Missouri’s elections. He also describes it as common sense.

“In Missouri we’ve shown a path to secure our elections with government-issued photo ID, and yet at the same time make sure that every registered voter has a great opportunity to vote and can vote and have faith that their vote is counted,” says Ashcroft.

Democratic lawmakers, including State Rep. Joe Adams (D-University City) say the bill would disenfranchise voters. The Missouri Voter Protection Coalition says it would erect barriers to the ballot for thousands of eligible Missouri voters.

Prefiling for the 2022 session begins on December 1.

 

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