JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.–Jay Ashcroft, the son of former U.S. Attorney General and Missouri Governor John Ashcroft, is the choice of Missouri voters for Secretary of State.
Ashcroft is the son of former U.S. Attorney General under President George W. Bush, former U.S. Senator, and former Governor of Missouri John Ashcroft (R). He attended high school in Jefferson City, Missouri, and graduated from the University of Missouri at Rolla. After earning a bachelor’s and master’s degree in engineering management, Ashcroft began his career working at a defense contractor. Ashcroft earned his law degree from St. Louis University Law School in 2008. He currently practices compliance law with his father at Ashcroft Law Firm.
Ashcroft and his wife, Katie, have three sons and one daughter.
One of Ashcroft’s major priorities is a photo ID requirement for voters. “I think it’s just a simple, common-sense way to protect our votes, to make sure that when you go to vote, your vote counts and it’s not canceled out by fraud, ” Ashcroft told KOLR10 News. “I think it’s easy to do it in a way that ensures every eligible voter the opportunity to vote and yet protects the vote.”
Ashcroft also believes his background as an attorney will help him as Secretary of State. “When you think of the Secretary of State being the individual that local election authorities call when they have questions about how elections are run, you need someone that understands the law and can help them and work with them.
I think also, when it comes to ballot title, if people haven’t had a chance to read the amendment or forget what it is when they go to the polling place, they need to look at that simple ballot language and understand what it is that they’re voting on.”
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