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Senate passes bill allowing college IDs to vote

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV-AP) -

Legislation that would allow student identification from the state's higher education institutions to be used for voting has passed the Senate.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro was approved 21-8 on Thursday.

Currently, college faculty can use their identification, but students can't. Ketron said the legislation just makes it consistent for both to use their IDs.

Sen. Stacey Campfield proposed an amendment to do away with the use of such identification, arguing college IDs are not secure enough. However, the measure failed.

"There's no laser etchings, no holograms, no watermarkings as there are on these other forms of identification that we are currently using," said Campfield.

State Sen. Jim Kyle asked when it comes to fake IDs, what's voting got to do with it?

"Has anyone anywhere ever heard of a college student getting a fake ID to vote?" asked Kyle.

The companion to Ketron's bill is scheduled to be heard next week in the House Local Government Committee.

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