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Senate passes voter ID, sends bill to gov

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The fight over voter ID in the state Legislature is over.

The Senate passed the bill 19-5 Thursday. The Assembly passed it last week. The measure now goes to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature. The governor has said he supports the plan.

Under the bill, Wisconsin voters would have to present photo identification at the polls. Republicans pushing the measure say it will reduce voter fraud. Democrats say widespread fraud doesn't exist and Republicans are really out to disenfranchise pro-Democrat constituencies. They also maintain the bill is too costly.

Debate over the bill dragged on for nine hours in the Senate on Tuesday. Democrats ultimately used a procedural maneuver to delay the final vote until Wednesday. Republicans who control the chamber limited debate to an hour on Thursday.

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