Jay Ashcroft

The Missouri Secretary of State’s office will comply with a White House commission’s request for voter information — but only the details allowed under state law.

Missouri will provide the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity with voters’ names, addresses, voting sites and elections they voted in, said Maura Browning, communications director for Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft. But the state will not give the commission any Missouri voter’s Social Security number, political-party affiliation or identify how they voted, Browning said.

Missouri Photo ID Law
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Missouri’s secretary of state is moving forward with educating citizens on a new voter ID law that went into effect earlier this month. This comes as opponents are claiming the legislation makes it more difficult for people to vote.

Last November, 63 percent of Missourians approved Amendment 6, also known as HB 1631. The amendment requires a photo ID to vote. The state must assist voters without a photo ID in obtaining a free non-driver’s license for the purpose of voting.

A day before Missouri’s new voter ID law takes effect, a coalition of civil rights groups and Democratic politicians warned Wednesday that the law could disenfranchise minority voters and older people.

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, whose office oversees elections, scoffed at the concerns, arguing that “if you’re a registered voter, you’ll be able to vote.”

Springfield-Greene County Library District
Springfield-Greene County Library District

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft has announced more than $94,000 worth of grants that will benefit 11 area libraries.

Jay Ashcroft
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Missouri’s Secretary of State is pushing for the state’s libraries to get the funding he says they’ve been promised.

Republican Jay Ashcroft on Friday toured the Library Center, the main branch for the Springfield-Greene County Library District. 

“Statutorily, libraries are supposed to get, if I remember correctly, 10 percent of the out-of-state entertainers and athletes tax; which is about four million dollars and change it’s always estimated. We’ve never gotten that,” Ashcroft told KSMU.