For immediate release: October 23, 2018
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Ashcroft's Statement on Judge Callahan's Amended Order
Jefferson City, Mo. — Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft issued the following statement today:
"In November 2016, 63 percent of Missourians approved a photo ID constitutional amendment. A photo ID law was implemented on June 1, 2017 and for almost 18 months, has been effective without disenfranchising a single voter.
Today, a mere two weeks from the November 2018 mid-term election, Senior Judge Richard Callahan has eviscerated Missouri's photo ID law as crafted by the state legislature. Somehow, while holding the law constitutional, Judge Callahan has prohibited the enforcement of the law for the upcoming election.
I am deeply concerned that Judge Callahan, who previously struck Missouri's photo ID law in 2006, has once again thwarted the clear desire of Missourians to secure their elections. I am further disappointed that the Missouri Supreme Court has denied my request for an emergency stay of Judge Callahan's ruling.
I will continue to work with the Missouri legislature and the people of the state to implement their will and uphold my duty to hold fair and secure elections. As always, despite what you’ve been told, if you are registered to vote, you can vote."
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