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Will Superstorm Sandy impact Election Day?

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

With the presidential election just one week away, many are wondering what kind of impact Superstorm Sandy will have on voting.

Hurricane Sandy has knocked out power to several states across the northeast.  

It could be days or weeks before power is restored and that could have an impact on the presidential election next week.

"In exceptional weather like this, we really don't have much in the way of an actual precedent to show us anything," Marc Schwerdt, Asst. Professor of Political Science at Lipscomb University, told Nashville's News 2.

Political scientists have long studied the effects of weather on voter turnout.

"Colder states actually have higher turnout than warmer states," Schwerdt said, adding, "When you have sudden weather on Election Day, like rain or snow, it can actually work to bring down voting turnout and that tends to benefit Republicans more than it does Democrats."

Schwerdt said he does not think the storm will be a huge problem next Tuesday.

"What I would expect is that things will calm down quite a bit," said Schwerdt. "If it's a situation where water has receded and power is out but things are getting back to normal, then I would expect it will have little or no effect."

Both parties, according to Schwerdt, are likely working on contingency plans behind the scenes to make sure every person who wants to vote has access and transportation to do so.

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