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New England weather forecast calls for 2nd storm, could impact voting

While it's not another Sandy, National Weather Service says to expect rain, wind, snow next week.

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A woman rides her bicycle through a flooded street in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn after Hurricane Sandy caused extensive damage in the area on October 30, 2012 in New York. (Spencer Platt/AFP/Getty Images)

While we might not see another superstorm-of-the-century Sandy for 100 years, voters in New England could face another severe “weather event” as they head to the polls next week.

To help elect the 45th president of the United States, the National Weather Service says electors might have to brave the elements as an East Coast storm shows signs of forming.

NWS issued a “winter weather watch” today, and while admitting it’s still early, signs are pointing to strong winds, rain and possibly snow at higher elevations.

“We have some confidence that a strong low-pressure system will develop along the East Coast and produce impacts as it moves north in the Tuesday night through Thursday morning time frame,” meteorologist Tom Niziol writes.

“However, there is still limited confidence in the details and it is those details which will determine the specific impacts for the region.”

The NWS is basing its forecast on conditions that are today in the Pacific, so they have to travel some distance yet, and computer models can quickly change, Niziol said.

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He also said residents shouldn’t worry that another Hurricane Sandy is heading their way.

“This system will not be anywhere as strong or impactful as Sandy,” he said. “However the combination of weather impacts will add insult to injury for the recovery process along the East Coast."

Voters in New York and New Jersey continue to clean up after Sandy caused widespread damage, flooding and killed 98 people.

Elections experts say President Obama could lose more than 300,000 voters who are unwilling to brave the elements after Sandy, NBC News said.

George Mason University’s Michael McDonald said that while the storm won’t lead to an upset in the Democratic northeast, it would likely affect the popular vote.

“A turnout drop could be the difference in a close national election, and thus could shape the political discourse over important policy issues in a possible Obama second term,” McDonald told NBC.

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