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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – A Republican candidate for Missouri secretary of state is looking for 10,000 volunteers to help gather signatures for a voter identification initiative petition.

St. Louis Republican Jay Ashcroft told reporters in Jefferson City on Thursday that he’s hoping to begin circulating the proposed constitutional amendment as early as Monday.

If approved by voters, the petition would amend the state constitution to allow lawmakers to pass a bill requiring voters to bring a photo ID to the polls.

Ashcroft began a tour of Missouri earlier this week to promote the petition. It has support from Republican lawmakers Rep. Chuck Basye of Rocheport and Sen. Kurt Schaefer of Columbia.

It also has been backed by fellow Republican candidate for secretary of state Sen. Will Kraus, of Lee’s Summit.