- Associated Press - Thursday, January 12, 2017

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas House has approved a bill rewriting state laws on special congressional elections so that military personnel overseas have a greater chance of voting.

The vote Thursday was 122-1. The measure went to the Senate.

The bill arose from Republican congressman Mike Pompeo’s nomination by President-elect Donald Trump as Central Intelligence Agency director.

If Pompeo is confirmed, the 4th District in south-central Kansas would have the state’s first special congressional election since 1950.

State law says a special election must occur from 45 to 60 days after the governor declares a vacancy. The bill would make the window from 75 to 90 days so military personnel and other Kansas residents overseas have more time to receive and return ballots.

Local Democratic and Republican activists will pick their parties’ nominees.

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