County clerks will now be able to use "other writings" like a newspaper article or a message from the post office to remove a deceased person from the rolls.
The bill passed the Senate unanimously, but 20 Republican delegates voted against it in the House.
"For somebody not to vote for it is just unconscionable to me. They're the ones who are criticizing what they perceive as an opportunity for someone to commit voter fraud," Tennant said. "And here I am taking away those opportunities and 20 people aren't with me."
The bill makes changes to nine different sections of code and Republican delegates said they supported the key provision about "other writings" but had concerns with other parts of the bill.
The bill eliminated the requirement that county clerks keep two copies of county voter lists in addition to the statewide list.
"What if there is a mistake or some type of error in it?" said House Minority Leader Tim Armstead. "The way this was changed it could possibly allow for errors and there may not be an adequate backup of voter registrations."
The Secretary of State's office can already compare its voter list with lists held by the DMV and other agencies, but Del. Patrick Lane was concerned that changes to the law could reduce the human input in the process.
"The language is a little bit ambiguous in that it might allow the statewide voter list to actually import that data from other agencies," Lane said.
Lane said that computers could compare the lists for discrepancies, but that an actual person must make any changes to the list.