Hurricane Sandy Update

Hurricane Sandy barreled across mid-Atlantic states as a downgraded storm Monday and overnight, leaving a wave of destruction in its wake.

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On the election front, officials worried that the severe weather could have a negative impact on early voting in the three swing states of Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina. And early voting was suspended in several places for safety reasons on Monday, including Maryland and Washington, D.C., which could hurt Democrats who were counting on the process to rally voters to the polls early. But in a turn of good news, Politico reported on Tuesday that Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley announced that early voting would resume in his state on Wednesday and continue with extended hours each day through Friday.

"O'Malley said the addition of early voting on Friday and the extended hours for the three days this week that it will occur -- from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. -- 'should make up for all but about 60 minutes' of the cancellation of early voting Monday and Tuesday this week," Politico writes. "Early voting was initially scheduled to open at 10 a.m. each day."

Read more at the Washington Post, the Daily News and Politico.

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