The ballots had been solid in the minutes after midnight, turning into some of the first solid and counted on Election Day.
By custom, all eligible voters collect in the storied “Poll Room” at The Balsams resort in Dixville Notch to solid their secret ballots as soon as polls open at midnight. As soon as each poll is solid, votes are tallied and results introduced — hours earlier than anyplace else, making it a popular spot for reporters and observers longing for any hints of what is to come on Election Day.
Regardless of the consideration, the unincorporated township in New Hampshire’s northern tip is not at all times predictive of the eventual winner, and even the state’s choose.
In 2016, Dixville Notch went for then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, regardless that then-GOP nominee Donald Trump went on to win the Electoral Faculty.
Close by Millsfield additionally opened its polls at midnight. Trump gained Millsfield 16-5 over Biden.
The pandemic, although, scuttled plans for midnight voting in Hart’s Location, a city additional south and tucked in the White Mountains, officers informed WMUR. All 48 voters there can solid ballots throughout regular daytime fairly than the conventional midnight poll rely.
However Dixville Notch voters do not actually have to fear about traces — there have been solely 12 residents in the township as of the 2010 census.
The early-hours voting custom has held in major and normal elections since 1960, regardless of the municipality’s dwindling inhabitants and a short query of how it might maintain its February major after the city’s selectman moved away, which means no one was accessible to assist administer the election.
Luckily for the political junkies who’ve taken to Dixville Notch, that place was crammed and the custom continued for its 60th 12 months.