Tennessee governor under pressure to veto just-passed bill hitting voter registration groups for mistakes on forms

In this Sept. 29, 2016, file photo, Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett helps Ami Burchfield with voter registration paperwork at Maryville College helping students register to vote, in Maryville, Tenn. Amid growing national concerns about election security, Tennessee's three largest counties are moving toward voting machines that produce a voter-verifiable paper trail for the presidential primaries in 2020. Hargett says he's letting counties decide whether to switch. (The Daily Times via AP, File)

NASHVILLE - Tennessee's GOP-led House on Monday gave final approval to a controversial bill that subjects paid voter registration groups to civil and even criminal penalties for submitting too many incomplete or inaccurate forms to election officials.

Opponents immediately called on Republican Gov. Bill Lee, who avoided weighing in during the debate, to veto the measure.

Earlier, representatives went along with several Senate Republican changes to the measure, which has drawn fire from state and national groups with one calling it a "blatantly racist" attempt to "suppress" efforts to register blacks and other minorities.

It passed on a 72-25 party line vote and is now headed to Lee's desk.

The House went along with Senate amendments to the bill, originally brought by Republican Secretary of State Tre Hargett, who argues it's necessary to ensure election integrity.