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Using hook_form_views_exposed_form_alter to change the exposed filter from text field to select list (for node reference)

      // Start building out the options for our select list
    $options = [];
    $nodes = componentList(3);
    // Push titles into select list
    foreach ($nodes as $node) {
      $options[$node->id()] = $node->getTitle();
    }
    // Start building out our new form element
    $field_name = 'field_binding_target_id';
    $form[$field_name]['#type'] = 'select';
    $form[$field_name]['#multiple'] = FALSE;
    // Specify the empty option for our select list
    $form[$field_name]['#empty_option'] = t('- Any -');
    // Add the $options from above to our select list
    $form[$field_name]['#options'] = $options;
    unset($form[$field_name]['#size']);

All works very well on the first load of the page, but when the view is reloaded (after first filtering attemtp) the exposed form changes back to text field.

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Is there any method of adding exposed filter for node reference as select list other then hook_form_views_exposed_form_alter that will make the it compatible with Ajax

PS. I need use Ajax in order to display the exposed filters in block.

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