Published: Apr 15, 2011 6:02 PM EDT
Updated: Apr 15, 2011 3:02 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- A Senate committee has approved an elections law overhaul opposed by county elections supervisors and public-interest groups.

The Senate Rules Committee voted up the bill (SB 2086) on Friday. A similar bill has been introduced in the House.

The measure would shorten the time for early voting and require third-party voter-registration groups to register with the state. It would also prohibit voters from updating their address at the polling place.

The League of Women Voters and other critics of the bill say the changes are unneeded. But conservatives have complained about some voter-registration groups and say the measure will tamp down voter fraud.

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