Want to vote? There is a way, even if Hurricane Sandy has forced you from your home.

State officials are encouraging voters to cast early ballots, particularly in storm-damaged towns. Registered voters can vote this way by first getting an absentee ballot at their county clerk’s office by 3 p.m. Monday.

From there, they can fill it out and deliver it to their county board of elections office.

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Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, who oversees the state Division of Elections, has ordered county election offices to stay open between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. through Nov. 5 in order to handle the ballots.

On Saturday, Atlantic County Clerk Ed McGettigan said people have been coming for ballots, but the pace has slowed now that people can return to Absecon Island.

He promised county officials would work to get people voting. McGettigan said, “I know that everyone is working in cooperation to work as normally as possible, and they are in constant communication.”

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