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Early voting will be extended in Maryland through Friday to make up for lost time at the polls during Hurricane Sandy, Gov. Martin O’Malley announced Tuesday.

And, the polling hours will be extended -- from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Early voting locations can be found at www.elections.state.md.us.

In some parts of the state, getting polls open tomorrow will be a challenge, O’Malley said.

“[In Garrett County,] we’ll have to do a lot of plowing and even some backup power generation,” he said.

Originally, voting was to be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 27 to Nov. 1.

Early voting was canceled Monday and Tuesday due to weather conditions and clean-up from the storm, which swept through the area causing flooding, tree damage and power outages, as well as snow in the western part of the state.

On Election Day, Nov. 6, all polling locations are scheduled to be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

hnunn@gazette.net