LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller is refusing to allow rural precincts to hold a special election for a vacant U.S. House seat by mail only.

Miller announced Thursday that he had denied requests from Esmeralda and Nye Counties to allow some precincts to hold a mail only election for the Sept. 13 special election.

Both counties say they would save money by allowing voters to only cast mail ballots.

But Miller says he is worried about any unknown challenges that could develop if voters’ options were limited.

Republican Mark Amodei and Democrat Kate Marshall are vying for the House seat recently vacated by Republican Dean Heller. Heller was appointed to the Senate to replace Republican Sen. John Ensign.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.


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