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Will the delays in preparing ballots for the Aug. 6 primary, which were caused by redistricting issues, affect voting for Kansas military men and women serving overseas?

Somewhat: A federal court ruling has extended the voting deadline for service men and women and overseas civilians to Aug. 12, instead of the normal deadline, which would have been the day of the primary.

State law requires that federal service ballots be mailed out 45 days before the election. Because the deadline for filing for Congress was changed to accommodate redistricting it was not possible to get the ballots out until July 12, which would have allowed only 25 days to return ballots, according to the secretary of state's office. The court-ruled extension now means those ballots must be returned within 31 days.

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