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Tuesday: May 11, 2010

LIVELINES: LEGAL CALLS

A proposal that would require prospective voters in Tennessee to provide proof of citizenship before registering to vote has passed the senate.

the measure sponsored by Republican Senator Dewayne Bunch of Cleveland was approved 20-12.

It is different than the companion bill that passed the house 92-1 last week.

That version would only require prospective voters to check a box to affirm they are citizens.

Bunch says the stricter legislation is needed to "protect the integrity of our elections."

But opponents say the measure would actually discourage people from registering.

This has a lot of people on both sides talking. Attorney Gary Starnes was our guest this morning. He said there will most likely be lawsuits filed against this measure, but he feels it will stand.

GARY STARNES

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