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Bill to require photo ID headed to governor

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A proposal that would require Tennessee voters to show photo identification before they can cast ballots is headed to the governor for his consideration.

The Senate voted 18-14 on Friday to concur with changes made by the House, including prohibiting a student from using a photo identification card issued by a college or university.

Under the proposal, a person who can't show proper identification would be able to vote by provisional ballot, and individuals in nursing homes or group homes would be exempt.

Supporters say the legislation is needed to protect the integrity of the ballot box, while opponents are concerned it might disenfranchise voters.

Gov. Bill Haslam is expected to review the proposal once it reaches his desk.

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