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Early voting remains active 7 days before election

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Hurricane Sandy has forced the two presidential candidates to stop campaigning for a couple days.  But early voting continues.

Nationwide, 15-million people have early voted and Lucas county residents are standing in line, as well.

Since the early voting centers opened in Ohio October 3rd long lines have been standard at the Early Voting Center in Toledo.

A voter told 13abc,  "I asked the guy how many people go through, he said somewhere between a thousand and two thousand go through.  I was kind of surprised about that."

The Secretary of State's office says as many as 40-precent of Ohioans could vote early, this year.   Generally, women, older voters, lower income and people with a high school education or less vote early.

And so do people like Allisha Rayford, who sometimes find excuses *not to vote*.  She told 13abc reporter Bill Hormann,  "Usually on the day of, I'll say I worked over, I'm tired, so I figured iIll get it out of the way because it counts."

According to a Time magazine poll, right now, those early votes are counting for the president... by a 60 to 30 margin in Ohio.  And that could be important given this week's bad weather. If we see more bad weather on election day, people could be discouraged from going to the polls and the early votes could really make a difference.

A new Gallup poll finds Romney leading among early voters nationwide... 52%-47%.

But the election will come down to Ohio and Mary Jo Weisenburger wants to have a say, telling 13abc,  "Who knows, I could get in an accident before election day but my vote now counts."

Ohio will release it's latest early voting numbers Wednesday.

Right now, one million Ohioans have voted early.  In 2008, more than 5-million voted early.

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