For immediate release: August 16, 2018
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Ashcroft Cites Election Day Successes
Jefferson City, Mo. — Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft thanked local election authorities, poll workers and voters for their participation in the Aug. 7 primary election, which ended with almost 1.4 million Missourians casting a ballot.
“There is a great deal of work that goes in to conducting an election,” Ashcroft said. “Missouri’s local election authorities had a great day on Tuesday. The lines of communication are really open with our county clerks and boards of election, and I think everyone was very happy as the day progressed and our voting systems and cyber protection stood up to the test.”
After the first statewide election since Ashcroft took office in January 2017, he met with staff from several divisions of the Secretary of State’s office to complete a review of election day and plan for the November general election. He also met Tuesday with election authorities from several other states, federal officials and county election officials to test actions and communication plans in the event of an election day problem.
“I am very confident in the protections that secure our election systems,” Ashcroft said. “Election security is my greatest responsibility and I take it very seriously. It’s important for us to be prepared at every level of government to protect elections and be prepared if something goes wrong.”
Primary election results will be certified Aug. 27, and Ashcroft was encouraged by the turnout. “Voters went to the polls at a much higher rate than the previous two August primaries, and that’s encouraging – but I want voter turnout at 100 percent. In November, voters will decide on some very important races and some very important issues. Our state is better when more Missourians cast ballots and make their voices heard.”
Visit www.sos.mo.gov to learn more about the Office of the Missouri Secretary of State.