FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WUSA)-- Absentee voters lined up by the hundreds here Friday to cast their ballots, some motivated, in part, by the fear that Tropical Storm Sandy may make it more difficult to get to a polling place once it hits the area early next week.

"It was a very easy process," said voter Tania Sebastian.

"I think it ( the storm) just encouraged me to go ahead and turn up and vote rather than wait until later," she said.

This is not the early voting allowed in D.C. and Maryland but applies only to those who legally qualify to cast absentee ballots.

"The only people who are voting right now are people who are eligible to absentee vote, which might be because you're spending more than 11 hours on election day going to and from your work, might be because you're planning to be out of town.

"So, election day is next week. It's November Sixth, but if you were planning to absentee vote on Monday or Tuesday, you might think about absentee voting tomorrow because the storm hasn't yet reached us," said County Spokeswoman Mernie Fitzgerald.

In Maryland, actual early voting for all begins Saturday.

Hours are 10am to 8pm except for Sunday when the polls open at noon and close at 6pm at various locations in each county.

In D.C., early voting has already begun with polling places opening at 8:30 a.m. and closing at 7 p.m. except Sundays when the polls are closed.

D.C. voters can vote at One Judiciary Square or at the one polling place open in each of the city's wards.

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