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Wis. Senate passes voter registration bill

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin state Senate has passed a bill that would remove a requirement in state law that voter registration be offered to students in high school.

Democrats argued against the measure, saying it's an assault on voting rights and part of a broader Republican agenda to suppress voting among people who are more likely to support Democrats.

But Republicans supported it, saying high school students have many other options for registering and it's a burden for elections officials to offer it at the schools.

The bill passed on a party line 17-16 vote.

The measure now heads to the Republican-controlled Assembly.

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