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Why Yinka?

I’m running for Secretary of State to protect the right to vote for Missouri families, to ensure that your voice will be heard by your elected officials through ballot measures, as well as securing our elections. My entire professional career, from serving in the military to practicing law to my work with nonprofits, I have always sought to be a problem-solver and someone who continually moves further upstream to get things done.

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U.S. Army Veteran Yinka Faleti Calls for All Ballots Postmarked by Election Day to be Counted in November General Election

"On Monday, August 17, at a press conference in front of the Kirkpatrick Building in Jefferson City, Yinka Faleti, Democratic nominee for Missouri Secretary of State, demanded that Secretary Ashcroft and Governor Parson immediately call a special legislative session in to change statute to allow all ballots postmarked by election day to be counted, saying the following:"

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Center for American Progress Report Details Jay Ashcroft’s “Hindering of Fair, Accessible Elections"

"On August 6, 2020, the Center for American Progress (CAP) Action Fund released a report titled, “Secretaries of State Play a Crucial Role in Protecting African Americans’ Voting Rights.” The 22-page report distinguished secretaries that actively help protect voter rights from those that work to limit access to the polls. According to the report, Jay Ashcroft is an example of a secretary of state who is actively ""hindering fair, accessible elections in Missouri."""

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Missouri Democrats Nominate Yinka Faleti for Missouri Secretary of State

"On August 4, 2020, Missouri voters cast their ballot in the state's primary election. Those who voted in the Democratic primary nominated Yinka Faleti for Missouri Secretary of State."

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Yinka's story is an inspiring American dream come true. Yinka immigrated from Lagos, Nigeria to the U.S. at the age of seven; became a U.S. citizen; earned an appointment to and graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point; and served as a combat arms U.S. Army officer in tank units in two back-to-back overseas deployments to Kuwait--the second deployment in response to 9/11. Washington University Law School brought Yinka to Missouri. He worked in private practice at a global law firm, followed by service as a state prosecutor before serving as a senior VP at United Way. He then led as the second executive director of the nonprofit founded by the Ferguson Commission, Forward Through Ferguson.

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