joe_negron.jpegTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ A Senate committee failed to pass a change to state elections law that would have prohibited electronic terminals that some voting officials use to swipe driver's licenses to verify voter eligibility.

The Senate rules committee Monday split 6-6 on Sen. Joe Negron's amendment to an elections bill (CS/SB 1596).

The Stuart Republican said he was OK with showing a driver's license to verify one's identity. But he said swiping a license to check eligibility with a state voters' database was “completely unnecessary and totally intrusive.''

The machines known as Electronic Voter Identification devices, or EViDs, read the strip on the back of licenses. Advocates say they help speed up voting especially in metropolitan areas.

The bill itself made other minor changes and cleared the committee 12-0.