Published: May 05, 2011 8:50 PM EDT
Updated: May 05, 2011 5:52 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Senate has approved a now-157-page bill that aims to overhaul the state's elections code.

Senators voted on Thursday to approve the bill (HB 1355) by a vote of 25-13. Paula Dockery of Lakeland and Mike Fasano of New Port Richey were the only Republicans to vote against the bill.

It now goes back to the House. The legislative session ends Friday.

The bill shortens the time for early voting from the current two weeks to one week and requires third-party voter sign-up groups to register with the state.

It also forces voters who have moved county-to-county to use provisional ballots instead of regular ballots if they want to update their name or address in voting records at the polling place.

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