|40th "Secretary of State of Missouri|
January 9, 2017
|Preceded by||"Jason Kander|
|Born||John Robert Ashcroft
July 12, 1973
"Jefferson City, Missouri, U.S.
|Education||"United States Merchant Marine
"University of Missouri, Rolla
"Saint Louis University ("JD)
John Robert "Jay" Ashcroft (born July 12, 1973) is an American attorney, engineer, and politician serving as the "40th and current Secretary of State of Missouri. As Secretary of State, Ashcroft has forcefully pushed for stricter voter ID laws. He has made false claims about the extent of voter fraud.
Ashcroft attended the "United States Merchant Marine Academy, but did not graduate. He earned his "Bachelor of Science and "Master of Science degrees from "Missouri University of Science and Technology. He then worked as an engineer.["citation needed] Ashcroft attended law school, earning his "Juris Doctor from "Saint Louis University.
Ashcroft ran for the "Missouri Senate in 2014, losing to "Jill Schupp. He ran for "Missouri Secretary of State in the 2016 elections. He defeated State Senator "Will Kraus in the Republican Party "primary election, and former "KMOV anchor Robin Smith in the general election.
Ashcroft is a staunch supporter of stricter "voter ID laws, asserting that voter fraud is common enough to have "changed elections." There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud un Missouri or anywhere else in the United States. The type of voter fraud that would be addressed through Ashcroft's preferred legislation, which critics say suppresses turnout, is extremely rare. In defending a push for stricter photo-ID laws, Ashcroft cited one instance where a couple illegally voted, but omitted that the photo-ID laws that Ashcroft was advocating for would not have prevented the couple from voting.
On July 3, 2017, Ashcroft said that he would comply with the "Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity's request for Missourians voting data. At the time, Missouri became one of only three states to comply with the commission. He said he would give out voters’ names, addresses, birthdates, where they voted and when.
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