The Case Against the Confirmation of John Ashcroft As Attorney General of the United States: Part II

Gov. Ashcroft thwarts effort to reform voter registration for minorities.

Later that year, Governor Ashcroft vetoed a bill that could have significantly aided voter registration among minorities in St. Louis. The bill would have allowed groups to conduct voter registration drives in the city, just as private groups already were doing in the suburbs. In the days before the federal "motor voter" law, the legislation would have been particularly important. Ashcroft apparently agreed with the city election board’s specious claim that such registration drives could lead to voter fraud. But since St. Louis County was permitting precisely such voter registration without any indication of such problems, and since Ashcroft had signed a bill permitting mail-in voting in certain elections, the Post-Dispatch concluded that this "claim of concern about potential corruption lacks credence." St. Louis Post-Dispatch, June 8, 1988.

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