Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Editorial: Robin Smith for Missouri Secretary of State

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Editorial: Robin Smith for Missouri Secretary of State

Article excerpt

The Missouri secretary of state is charged with maintaining official records, helping people register businesses and ensuring the integrity of elections. It's the latter responsibility that compels us to back Democrat Robin Smith in the Nov. 8 election.

Smith, 62, is a former television news presenter. She is eloquent, hard-driving and outspoken. Her executive master's degree in international business and service on the St. Louis University Board of Trustees are important assets in this job.

Republican Jay Ashcroft, 43, is an outspoken and assertive attorney who has bold ideas to reform and strengthen the secretary of state's office. He's a conservative with a clear sense of organization and determination.

On the issue of election integrity, however, Ashcroft loses. He adamantly supports stricter voter identification laws and insists he can implement photo ID requirements at the polls without disenfranchising voters. …

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