I have a select field for a content type which has options generated dynamically. The options are updated in hook_form_alter(). The problem is that when I try to manipulate the posted data in submit callback, the field values are empty. Below is an example to better understand the issue.

function my_form_alter(&$form, &$form_state) {
    $options = array('a' => 1, 'b' => 2, 'c' => 3);
    $form['my_field'] = array(
        '#type' => 'select',
        '#title' => t('Label'),
        '#multiple' => TRUE,
        '#options' => $options,
        '#default_value' => '',
    $form['#submit'][] = 'my_submit_handler';

function my_submit_handler($form) {
    echo "<pre>";
    echo "</pre>";

If I select options 2 and 3 for example; the var_dump returns empty array().

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Submitted values are contained in $form_state['values']:

function my_submit_handler($form) {
  $selected_options = array_filter($form_state['values']['my_field']);

e.g. if you select '1' and '2' on the form, $selected_options will be array('a', 'b')


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