"We'll do everything we can [to make sure] power to the polls [is] restored as quickly as possible," he said.
Meanwhile, state Democratic Party Executive Director Derek Scarbro said the party is still making calls encouraging people to vote early, and providing rides to early voting locations as weather permits, but also is calling for caution.
"We certainly want people to be cautious. We don't want anyone to endanger themselves trying to vote," he said. "Early voting does continue all week long, and I imagine there will be time to take advantage of it once the storm passes."
Traditionally, the last Saturday before Election Day is one of the busier days for early voting, and Scarbro said this Saturday could be particularly busy if residents have to postpone early voting because of the storm.
"We do think there will be ample time for people to take care of early voting later this week," he said Monday.
State Republican Party Chairman Conrad Lucas issued a statement Monday morning also urging caution but encouraging Republicans to vote early if weather permits.
"Citizens should keep travel to a minimum, as weather degrades," Lucas said. "If your area is not seriously affected by conditions, we encourage you to visit your county clerk and vote early."
Lucas urged Republicans to bank their votes now in the event Hurricane Sandy leaves long-term power outages and other storm damage in its wake, as occurred in parts of the state following the derecho this summer.
"We have no idea just how much this storm might impede early voting later this week and the Election Day next week," said Lucas.
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