Ashcroft defends voters’ right to make decision not partisan officials or bureaucrats

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft attended oral arguments at the United States Supreme Court in the case Donald J. Trump v. Norma Anderson. Ashcroft leads a coalition of 10 other secretaries of state who signed on to the amicus brief Ashcroft filed with the court.


This unprecedented case centers on whether the 14th amendment of the Constitution bars President Donald Trump from appearing on the ballot in Colorado and other states. Ashcroft’s brief does not endorse either party, but rather rejects the idea that election authorities have the discretion to remove candidates from the ballot.


“We should not have partisan political actors, sometimes unelected bureaucrats, deciding who will be on the ballot based on just allegations,” Ashcroft said. “This is the sort of thing you would expect to see in banana republics, not in the United States of America. And If the Supreme Court doesn’t put a stop to these shenanigans, it will tear our country apart.”


In Missouri, the selection of presidential nominations for the November 2024 ballot will be decided by registered voters under the direction of each established state political party. Specific party information can be found at or by contacting local party headquarters.


“If it can be done to Trump without due process, then it can certainly be done to other candidates – including Biden,” Ashcroft concluded. “The voter should have the final say.” He returns back to Missouri this afternoon.