DIXVILLE NOTCH, NH (AP) – Two small New Hampshire communities that vote for president shortly after Election Day’s midnight stroke voted, with one of them marking 60 years since the transmission system begins.
The result at Dixville Notch, near the Canadian border, was a clean sweep for former Vice President Joe Biden, who won the town’s five votes. In Millsfield, 12 miles (20 kilometers) south, President Donald Trump won 16 votes to five Biden.
Tom Tillotson, who runs the town at Dixville Notch, said last week, usually, there will be a big show of food and a lot of media crowded in a small space to follow the vote. . But that is no longer possible because of the pandemic coronavirus. It is difficult to observe the traditional 60th anniversary, which began in November 1960.
“Sixty years – and unfortunately, we can’t celebrate it,” he said.
A third community that had a midnight vote, Hart’s Location, suspended the election tradition out of concern about coronavirus. It decided to hold voting from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. The town of White Mountains began voting early in 1948 to attract railroad workers to work before normal polling time. It finally stopped in 1964 and brought it back in 1996.
The communities also voted shortly after midnight for New Hampshire’s first presidential election, which took place on Feb. 11. That hardly happened this year in Dixville Notch, when one person moved away, leaving the remaining four residents missing one of the minimums required to handle the various electoral responsibilities. That was fixed when a developer was working on renovations to the now closed Balsams resort where the voting tradition started.
For years, polls were held in a wooden-paneled room filled with political memorabilia at Balsams, which closed in 2011. Some of those items were moved to an old cooking school in the mold. member, where Tuesday’s voting took place.
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