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RICHMOND (AP) -- The Virginia State Board of Elections is advising local registrars to accommodate voters who ask to vote absentee because of the potential impact of Hurricane Sandy.

In-person absentee voting is being conducted on weekdays and the last two Saturdays before Election Day. The board is urging localities to keep registrar offices open and continue the in-person absentee voting unless the storm makes conditions unsafe for employees and voters.

There was no line at the Norfolk Registrar's office on Saturday afternoon and few people had taken advantage of the early voting. Three people were entering the office at 4:15 p.m.

In-person absentee voting will be available again on Nov. 3.

Christine Lewis, senior registrar for Virginia Beach, said Saturday that polling places in the city have generators on standby in case power goes out. The city's information technology department also has provided two battery-pack units to power their laptops.

The state electoral board says it has been assured that polling places will be a high priority for power restoration.

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