The ballots have been forged in the minutes after midnight, changing into some of the first forged and counted on Election Day.
By custom, all eligible voters collect in the storied “Ballot Room” at The Balsams resort in Dixville Notch to cast their secret ballots as soon as polls open at midnight. Once each poll is forged, votes are tallied and results introduced — hours earlier than wherever else, making it a well-liked spot for reporters and observers looking forward to any hints of what is to come on Election Day.
Nearby 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 told WMUR. All 48 voters there can forged ballots throughout regular daylight quite than the conventional midnight poll rely.
But Dixville Notch voters will not have to fear about any strains come midnight — there have been solely 12 residents of the township as of the 2010 census.
The early-hours voting custom has held in primary and general elections since 1960, regardless of the municipality’s dwindling inhabitants and a short query of how it might maintain its February main after the city’s selectman moved away, which means no one was out there to assist administer the election.
Fortunately for the political junkies who’ve taken to Dixville Notch, that place was stuffed and the custom continues for its 60th yr.