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Ashcroft begins effort to educate voters on Missouri ID law

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft has launched an effort to educate voters about Missouri's new voter identification law.(File)

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft has launched an effort to educate voters about Missouri's new voter identification law.

The law, approved by nearly two-thirds of voters in November, doesn't take effect until June. Voters in municipal elections on Tuesday and on April 4 were not subject to the new law.

Speaking at a Monday news conference in St. Louis' City Hall, Ashcroft, a Republican, said he wants to make sure that all eligible voters can cast a ballot. He called Missouri's law a model for other states because it contains provisions that allow voting even without a photo ID.

But opponents claim that the voter ID law was a thinly-disguised way of suppressing votes in poor and minority areas that tend to be largely Democratic.

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