Ballots were cast a few minutes after midnight, made some of the first casts and based Election day
“According to tradition, all eligible voters are gathered in the background.”Ballot box
at the Balsams Resort in Dixville throw their secret ballots
as soon as the polls open at midnight. Once each ballot has been cast, the votes are counted and the results announced – hours before anywhere else, making it a favorite spot for journalists and observers eager for any advice on what to do on Election Day.
Despite the attention, the non-corporate municipality in the northern tip of New Hampshire is not always predictive of the final winner, or even the choice of state.
In 2016, Dixville Notch went for the then Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton
, although then the GOP candidate Donald Trump
won Electoral College.
Nearby Millsfield also opened its polls at midnight. Trump beat Millsfield 16-5 against Biden.
The pandemic, however, thwarted voting plans at midnight at Hart’s Location, a town further south and hidden in the White Mountains, officials said. he told WMUR
. All 48 voters there can vote during the regular hours of the day instead of the traditional midnight count.
However, Dixville Knots voters should not worry about the lines coming at midnight – there were only 12 townspeople since the 2010 census.
Early morning voting is maintained in municipal and general elections
since 1960, despite the shrinking population of the municipality and a brief question about how it would hold its February primary after the removal of the city’s elite, meaning no one was available to assist in running the election.
Fortunately for the political drunks who took over at Dixville Knots, this position was full and the tradition continues for the 60th year.