Despite Hurricane Sandy, governor says early voting going well

Hurricane Sandy shut down early voting in the state of Maryland for two days, and while election officials were worried about numbers, lines at polling places in the Baltimore area showed what at least appeared to be good turnout.

"It's nice to see people come out and support the presidents," said first-time early voter Carolyn Smith.

Smith said she didn't mind the wait at the public safety training facility in Baltimore.

Governor Martin O'Malley has extended early voting through Friday. Hours have also been extended, and poll locations will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
 
"That should allow us, for the most part, all of the hours we lost due to the closures and the hurricane," O'Malley said.
 
Maryland has had record numbers for early voting, and O'Malley says the numbers are encouraging.
 
"I'm very encouraged," he said. "We have a lot of very interesting issues on the ballot, and of course, none more interesting that the election of the president of the United States."

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