Ashcroft discusses the potential of ending Missouri's presidential preference primary election

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft visit Johnson County on Tuesday, July 30.

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft visited Johnson County Tuesday, July 30, talking with members of the media and public about whether or not to get rid of or keep the presidential preference primary election in Missouri.

Ashcroft said he contacted election authorities throughout the state to see where they stood on getting rid of the preference primary.

"It is a beauty contest," Ashcroft said of the preference primary, adding the caucus system elects who the presidential candidates will be and that he would like the state do away with the practice.

"I think it is disingenuous that we have a presidential preference primary when it actually doesn't matter," he said. "I don't think we should have an election in Missouri when the people's votes do not matter."

The preference primary, the secretary of state said, will cost between $7 million and $10 million in March of 2020.

Ashcroft said an issue with the preference primary is that it can run too close to other scheduled elections.

"It creates unnecessary confusion in the process," he said.

Ultimately, the secretary of state said the decision is in the governor's hands.

"It's not about stopping you from voting, hopefully it will push people to get more involved in the caucus where the vote actually matters," Ashcroft said.

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