Late MD Votes to be Counted Next Week

By: AP
By: AP

BALTIMORE (AP) _ Voters in Maryland are getting extra time to choose between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama, but officials say those late votes aren't going to be reviewed until next week.

Earlier Tuesday, a judge granted an order to keep Maryland polls open an extra 90 minutes, until 9:30 local time, because of bad weather across the state.

Ballots cast during the extended 90 minutes will be provisional ballots, as required by federal law. That means people will vote on paper, the ballots will be put in an envelope and reviewed after the election.

An election official says the provisional ballots won't be counted until Tuesday, because Monday is a holiday.

Voter turnout was high during the day, but cold temperatures, snow in western Maryland and the potential for a messy afternoon made elections officials question whether the turnout would remain high.

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