For immediate release:                  June 30, 2017

Contact:                                           Maura Browning, Communications Director, (573) 526-0949


Ashcroft’s Statement on Election Integrity Commission

Jefferson City, Mo. — Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft issued the following statement regarding a letter received on June 28 from the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity:

“For 40 years under Missouri law (Ch. 115.157, RSMo) certain data is publicly available. The commission’s letter asks for ‘publicly-available’ information, which we would share with any person or organization making an open records request. We will protect Missourians’ private information. The laws of each state are different, and in Missouri, some of the data requested by the commission is open to the public. We plan to comply by providing publicly-available information per state law.

“The commission’s questions are fair and we will be glad to assist in offering our thoughts on these important matters. I look forward to working with Secretary Kris Kobach and the commission on its findings and offer our support in the collective effort to enhance the American people’s confidence in the integrity of the elections process.”


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