The complicated, messy logistics of a potential special election

Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says one of the main questions she gets is what her department does between elections.

“I kind of laugh and say, ‘When are we between elections?’ ” she said.

Sedgwick County was supposed to have a longer break before its next countywide election. Then President-elect Trump nominated 4th District Congressman Mike Pompeo to lead the Central Intelligence Agency.

“We were supposed to be ‘between elections’ right now,” Lehman said at a county commission meeting this month. “We no longer are.”

If Pompeo is confirmed by the U.S. Senate, his replacement will be chosen by the voters of the 4th District, which includes Sedgwick County and most of south-central Kansas.

Officials will need to work quickly to set up polling locations and get workers for the polls. And if the county’s new voting machines aren’t ready in time, most voters will cast paper ballots.

(Read more: Wichita Eagle)