LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada lawmakers have allocated up to $540,000 for an upcoming special election for the 2nd Congressional District.

The Las Vegas Sun reported Wednesday ( ) that the Legislature’s Interim Finance Committee unanimously approved reimbursing counties for their election costs.

Lawmakers complained about drawing funds from a bank account that’s supposed to meet expenses until 2013.

Secretary of State Ross Miller told lawmakers that county officials expressed concern about footing the bill for the special election.

Early voting has begun in the sprawling district covering most of Nevada.

Former state senator and Republican party chairman Mark Amodei is vying with Democratic state treasurer Kate Marshall to fill the seat vacated when Dean Heller was appointed to the U.S. Senate. Heller replaced Sen. John Ensign.

Election day is Sept. 13.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.


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