JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Democratic Party is today criticizing Missouri’s Republican Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft and the rest of Missouri Republican statewide officials for agreeing to hand over to the federal government personal information about every Missouri voter going back to 2006.
President Donald Trump’s commission is “seeking several pieces of information about voters, including their names, birthdays, the last four digits of their Social Security numbers,” according to The Hill. Even Kansas Secretary Of State Kris Kobach, who is the head of the commission, is not fully complying with the request.
Missouri’s Republicans in Jefferson City have cited privacy concerns to stonewall efforts to create a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) that would help fight Missouri’s opioid epidemic. As a result, Missouri is the only state in America without a PDMP program. For years, Missouri’s Republican officeholders have also cited privacy concerns to obstruct Real ID legislation.
“By agreeing to hand over personal information like the names, birthdays, and social security numbers of Missourians to the federal government, Missouri’s Republican officeholders are both violating the privacy of Missourians and blatantly throwing away any values they still pretend to stand for. It’s spineless.” stated Missouri Democratic Party Chair Stephen Webber.